His name was Dane Hobbs, but most people knew him as the Ogden Santa. Some even thought he was the real thing “When I was younger my mom would always tell me he was Santa. (She would tell me) That he was Santa in disguise and to watch what I did,” said Alexandra Babb. A man who didn't have much, could often be seen in front of store fronts, but the lack of material things didn't get him down. “He was extremely happy, and you could tell that not really having anything didn't really affect him, he was really optimistic,” added Babb. Alexandra Babb decided that she needed to do something in honor of the man so many knew around the community. “As soon as we got back from his memorial, we talked about doing a food drive, and I thought the best way to get the word out was a networking site,” Babb said. Using MySpace.com, the First Annual Ogden Santa Food Drive was organized; an event that's raising food for many organizations, including Good Shepherd - help that is very much needed at this time of year. “It means a lot because without donations some people would actually go hungry. You know, be turned away, because of lack of food,” said Good Shepherd volunteer Cornelius Wallington. “For the community in Wilmington to come together like they have been, it really means a lot.” With all the donations brought in on this day, many more people will be fed in honor of one man who left his mark on this community. “Hopefully people now aren't as hesitant to talk to the homeless around Wilmington, or to help,” said Babb. You can still donate food through Christmas Eve. You can drop off non-perishable goods at the mansion on Market St. in Ogden by 4:00 p.m. each day.
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