CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- Hundreds of families celebrated Christmas a few days early this year, all thanks to a Chesterfield man who gave $8,000 of his own money to buy gifts for needy children.
We first met Bill Jones in November during a "Hero Among Us" segment. It was then we learned the 71-year-old veteran lives, eats, breathes and sleeps Christmas. Like Santa Claus, Jones delivers toys and games to hundreds of children whose families have a hard time making ends meet.
"This brings more joy to me than anything else the whole year," Jones said Saturday when he handed out hundreds of toys to children who flooded his warehouse to see Santa and receive gifts.
In total, more than $22,000 was raised to help families like the Hoffman's, who lost their house this year.
"We have been struggling this year," Dana Hoffman said. "To see Santa knowing they were going to take home a present made them excited," Hoffman added.
Children are selected by charity groups in our area and the extra toys are saved for next year.