Aguanga man plays Santa in Watts

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A blind child gently strokes Santa’s jacket at the Christmas festivities at the parish of St. Lawrence of Brindisi in Watts Saturday, Dec. 7. Courtesy photo
This time of year brings out the very best in people, especially in Michael McKinney, who has been preparing for the Christmas season for quite some time. McKinney is Christmas personified. He grows his white whiskers into a proper Santa beard, gives to the poor and spreads good cheer and peace on earth, all while celebrating the season in a devoutly religious way. He and his wife Claudia recently volunteered to take part in the Christmas festivities at the St. Lawrence of Brindisi Parish in Watts Saturday, Dec. 7. “Michael plays Santa Claus for all the children,” Claudia McKinney said. “The sister parishes of St. Lawrence are kind to them and bring hundreds of toys and new bikes for the kids of South Central.” The event was special for both the excited children and for
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