Despite Personal Tragedy, Local Santa Brings Joy To Sick Children

12/23/2011 08:47 am ET

When Earl Anderson’s 28-year-old son, Jeff, was killed in a car accident 12 years ago, Anderson considered hanging up his sleigh. The Lemont resident had been dressing as Santa Claus and visiting needy children since the age of 20, sometimes bringing along his own children—including Jeff—dressed as elves.

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