Superstorm ‘Santa Claus’ Delivers Holiday Cheer to Children Living in Areas Hit by Sandy

By ABC News

Dec 22, 2012 6:00am
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In his day job, Michael Sciaraffo works as a political consultant. But this holiday season, he decided to take on another role – “Santa Claus.”

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After superstorm Sandy left parts of New York and New Jersey devastated in October, Sciaraffo, 31, decided to make sure children impacted by the storm would still have a good holiday.

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Through the use of social media, he started the Secret Sandy Clause Project to help gather toy donations. He has been delivering toys to children living in impacted areas.

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“The goal was to match up each child with a toy that they liked or asked Santa for for Christmas,” Sciaraffo told The Associated Press. “We basically tried to pair them up with toys I had in stock.”

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He hoped to deliver about 1,000 gifts to kids.

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“When I was a kid, my toys were very important to me,” Sciaraffo told the AP. “That’s their security blanket, so to speak. I couldn’t sit home and do nothing.”

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