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A young Santa stops by McDonald's in Frackville

by Mark Gilger, Jr., Pottsville, PA Republican-Herald | Posted: 12-17-2014

 

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FRACKVILLE, PENN. --- 15-year-old Michael J. Cole stepped into the legendary red suit on Tuesday afternoon for the familiar Dinner with Santa at the Frackville McDonald's.

 

This eighth-grader said that he'd wanted to follow in the footsteps of other family members who have portrayed Jolly Ol' St. Nick. "Since they all did it, I thought that I should, too," he explained.

 

Santa Claus comes to dinner every year at the restaurant. Roland Kissinger, the owner, said that usually it's one of his employees who dons the red suit. The venue also hosts the Easter Bunny each year, along with various other children's events. "It depends on the season, when we usually have something going on," said Kissinger. "We don't make any money, we just do it all for the community."

 

The two bucks being charged for photos with Santa goes to the local Ronald McDonald House. According to Kissinger, there's never a shortage of volunteers to play Santa. "There's always someone who wants to do it, and it's always fun to do it," he said.

 

Mike's mom, Margaret, is a guest-services manager at the restaurant. Her son, she says, is the third-generation in her family to play Santa Claus. Michael's uncle and grandfather have also taken on the jolly old role, using similar Santa suits. "It's a neat way to spend a few hours," she said, adding that she hopes to see Mike follow through on his other dream, that of becoming a teacher. "He likes to do a lot of things with kids," Mrs. Cole commented.

 

Michael sure looked comfortable as he got all those children to smile for all those photos Tuesday. "Some of those teachers I have are pretty cool, and I wanna be like them," he said. "My cousin's gonna go to school to become a teacher, and I wanna do what he's doing. I always look up to my cousin."

 

Although he's only in 8th-grade at North Schuylkill Junior/Senior High School, Mike will need some 20 hours of community service in order to graduate to 12th-grade. He completed his first two hours of those requirements with his Santa appearance on Tuesday.

 

"I thought I could give to everyone by doing something like dressing up and entertaining the little kids," he continued. "I wanted to do something that I enjoy doing, like making people smile."

 

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Santa Oliver

Very nice.

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Santa Mike 19536

Well Done Michael!

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What a Wonderful Spirit of Giving!

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Atlantic Santa

What a great attitude for a young man. So refreshing to see.

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SantaKnows

I wish some of our fast food restaurants would do this for charity here.  A job well done young man!

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Bestemor Claus

good job!

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Santa Eric

Love to see photos.

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