NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Minutes after a story about the Lone Star Santas' upcoming Convoy of Toys aired on East Texas News on, Santa Claus, aka David Stanley, received a phone call from an 80-year-old woman who wanted to donate three handcrafted rag dolls to the cause.
"Last night, 15 minutes after our Santa and Mrs. Claus interview about LSS appeared on KTRE-TV, the phone rang," David Stanley wrote in his Facebook post. "It was the fine young lady below. She said, 'I hope this is the Santa I just saw on TV. I looked up your name in the directory and just prayed it would be you."
The woman explained that she makes old-fashioned rag dolls to supplement their living and medical expenses and that she wanted to donate three of the dolls to the Convoy of Toys.
David and his wife, Carol, are both members of a non-profit organization called the Lone Star Santas. Later this month, the Lone Star Santas are planning a Convoy of Toys to bring some cheer to children affected by the two devastating tornadoes that hit Rowlett and Garland in December.
"Children have unique needs and special attention requirements," stated a public service announcement from Lone Star Santas. "Introducing the Lone Star Santas. Trained, capable, and willing to respond to the requirements of children in need following disasters."
The Lone Star Santas started the Convoy of Toys in 2011, following the Joplin, Missouri tornado. Since then, the Lone Star Santas have shown up with trailers full of donated and purchased new toys for children affected by natural disasters.
Now this is how you can help out. New teddy bears and toys can be dropped off at Texas State Optical at 4729 Northeast Stallings Drive. The Stanleys can pick up checks, or they can be mailed to the Lone Star Santas Charities at P.O. Box 1821, Cypress, Texas 77410. You can also visit the Lone Star Santas Website here or send an e-mail to David Stanley. David Stanley's phone number is (936) 560-5905.