The Christmas Eve edition of the online news site, InkFreeNews, carries a story about Gerald Cox, “Kosciusko County’s real Santa Claus.” Cox is involved in Winona Lake, Ind., Grace Brethren Church (Bruce Barlow, lead pastor). A portion of the story appears below. Click here to read the complete article.
Gerald Cox: ‘Kosciusko County’s Real Santa Claus’
Most people dread their hair turning white as they grow older. For the affable Gerald Cox, though, it worked out just fine.
The Winona Lake resident has played the role of Santa Claus for the past “10 years or so,” making a couple of appearances a week in northern Indiana and Cadillac, Mich., between Thanksgiving week and Christmas.
“This year I’m guessing I’ll see close to 500 children,” he said.
He got his start as Jolly Old St. Nick at the Warsaw Community Public Library where, Beth Anne, his wife of 34 years, worked in the children’s department. The Santa who had been scheduled to work “dropped out” at the last minute and Cox pinch-hit like a natural.
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