BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- Santa's Secret Helpers were checking their list twice today, but it wasn't to find out who is naughty or nice. Instead, it was for children who are less fortunate this holiday season.
The Helpers come together each year and shop for those who may not be expecting a gift under their Christmas Tree.
"The thought of some kid not having (a present) to look forward is what drives this every year," Mark Rich said. He is part of the Santa's Secret Hands organization.
This tradition has been going on for 13 years. According to Rich, it started as a couple of friends who wanted to help their community, and then it took off to be a big yearly event.
Each Secret Helper gets a child and a list. They shop for what's on each list, store the gifts in a designated bag, and hands the bag over to get checked out. From there, it delivered to a special home.
"Some of the kids don't get what they need around Christmas time," said helped Shannon Ravencraft. This is her third year volunteering to help shop for those in need.
She goes on to tell 13 News, "I've been in that situation, and I've gotten help through Santa's Secret Hands." She is paying her help forward.
Others want to help because they think everyone should have fitted clothes.
"They wear things that are too small or too short," said shopper Lauren Ballance. "Some kids don't think they're as good as others. You just want to feel confident."
But whether it's toys, clothes, or food, everyone deserves to have a very Merry Christmas.
"We can't help the entire world, but we can help our small part of it, and that's what we are here to do," said Rich.
The Santa's Secret Hands organization was able to raise enough money to shop for over 280 kids. According to them, they raised nearly $40,000.