RAYNHAM, MA — The Secret Santa charity drive began more than 22 years ago, spearheaded by a school custodian who recognized the need to help some local children, according to the Taunton Daily Gazette.
The man responsible for organizing the Secret Santa charity drive, Butch Slavick, a retired school custodian, remained anonymous until his death, the article stated.
According to the article, when Slavick died in 2009 at the age of 69, a group of family members and Secret Santa supporters, who wish to remain anonymous, carried on the tradition with the help of the Raynham police and fire departments.
"People think Raynham is such an affluent town but poverty is everywhere out there," said Jeff Finch, Raynham police records keeper, who helps take in donations, along with town police officers and members of the Raynham Fire Department.
"We are looking for any type of donation. Whether clothes, gift cards, checks, cash or toys — whatever they want to do — it''s greatly appreciated. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for it," Finch added.
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