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Mysterious Santa and helpers visit patients at Memorial Health

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

A Christmas tradition dating back to 1902.

Friday, Mysterious Santa and his helpers visited patients at Memorial Health.

The tradition started when Savannah man, Eugene Smith, was in the hospital and decided if he got well, he'd spend the rest of his life bringing a happy visit from Santa to patients.

Friday morning, volunteers and organizers met at St. Michael and All Angels Church at Waters and Washington for breakfast, before heading out with gifts and fruit for patients. And while the tradition keeps growing to include more hospitals and nursing homes, so is the number of volunteers.

"Last year we had about 60. This year, I think we'll double that at least. They've all got big hearts or they wouldn't be here. They all care about their fellow man and it's proof that the spirit of Christmas is still alive,” said Mike Wilson, Mysterious Santa Claus.

The 'mysterious' project is funded solely by contributions from those who've decided to keep their identities a secret.

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