House Of Ink Offers Tattoos For Toy Donations

12/12/2011 01:47 pm ET | Updated Dec 12, 2011

Santa's standard red suit and white beard getup will get some ink added onto it at a tattoo parlor in Tennessee this year.

For the fourth year in a row, House of Ink owner "Big Jay" Guzman, 37, is hosting his "Toys For Tattoos" event, reports. When customers bring in a toy worth $25 or more, Monday through Wednesday, they can get a tattoo or piercing of comparable price in exchange.

"Everybody associates tattoo artists with being criminals, bikers, degenerates -- and I'm a believing Christian and I believe what better way to be Christ-like than by giving back," Guzman told the news outlet.

The donations will be given to Tennessee-based Agape Child & Family Services, a nonprofit that provides homeless services, mentoring, foster care, adoption, maternity services and counseling, according to its website.

Last year, the nonprofit hoped for 150 toys, but when the line snaked around the store's block hours before the parlor opened, Agape's expectations were quickly exceeded, according to The nonprofit got more than 500 toys to give away to kids in need.

"Once again it's that time of year where children are waiting on Santa to bring that special gift and place it under the tree," Guzman wrote on his Facebook page. "So let's not let Santa down this year, but most of all let's not let the children of Memphis down."


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