I was never aware that my children and I are not the only ones that called Dane, "Santa." Of course when one first sees him on the streets,if one has never approached him, he was stereo-typed as a drunk-homeless man. Many times have I walked out of Wal-greens, or Harris Teeter on Gordon Rd. and he is chilling. Never did he ask for anything, just a "hello" was all he would say. Once I realized he was just living and not bothering everyone, I was more comfortable around him. If I had the money I would offer him something from the stores, he usually would say, "Whatever is fine." And he never complained. He usually asked for water, since the heat has been so bad. I did not know him well, but he was a mascot for Wilmington. Kids got to see "Santa" all year long.
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