Hometown Hero: Santa's Secret Hands

By: Ka'Seana Blanton Email
By: Ka'Seana Blanton Email

"These guys have full time jobs of their own, but there is three gentlemen that has started this organization up, and it's not a formal organization, it's just a group of guys doing a project with a form of pride and passion for the community," says Bobby Thornhill with Santa's Secret Hands.

EDMONSON COUNTY, Ky. (WBKO)-- A group of Edmonson County men came together to go above and beyond this holiday season making this week's Hometown Heroes.

It was a small group of men with a big idea.

"These guys have full time jobs of their own, but there is three gentlemen that has started this organization up, and it's not a formal organization, it's just a group of guys doing a project with a form of pride and passion for the community," says Bobby Thornhill with Santa's Secret Hands.

They call themselves Santa's Secret Hands and they raise money year around to buy Christmas presents for needy children in their community.

"It's pretty big for this county, it changes the lives of a lot of kids," says Mark Wardlow with Santa's Secret Hands.

It works strictly through donations and volunteers.

"It's not a formal organization, it's just guys that have full time jobs, and they do this in their extra time, in their off time, and they're doing all the work. They're not getting paid for this and they're doing the work from beginning to end and then organizing volunteers," said Thornhill.

They say it wouldn't be possible without the communities support.

"It's a lot of community involvement, local businesses, banks, individuals. I've got guys that will give me $500 and I've got old women that will give me $5 at the Dairy Queen," said Wardlow.

It's been a successful organization for years now.

"This is our ninth year and we've raised around $270,000 in nine years," said Wardlow.

In that nine years they've helped over 2,000 children and they say they never dreamed of it getting this big.

"The first year I recall we set a goal of raising a couple thousand dollars and doing this, and we raised over 25 that first year and it's averaged about $28,000 each year," said Mark Rich with Santa's Secret Hands.

This year alone they raised over $32,000 and helped 210 children.

"It is a great feeling, I grew up loving Christmas, and it's a great time of the year. We try to remember the true meaning of Christmas, but just knowing that through some simple actions that some child would have a better Christmas morning," said Rich.

For helping those in need during the holidays, we honor the men of Santa's Secret Hands as this weeks Hometown Heroes.


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