94-year-old retired Santa in need of Christmas cheer

Posted at 5:50 PM, Dec 10, 2020

Dick Kraus spent years as a farmer and just retired from mowing lawns last year at 93 years old. But out of all his jobs, the one he loved the most was playing Santa. However, this year, due to COVID-19 and a woodworking accident, he is unable to play the role of St. Nick. Now, Dick’s family is trying to provide him with some much-needed Christmas cheer.

Dick’s niece, Pam O’Neal, said her uncle spent more than 43 years making children smile while playing the role of Santa. But last year, while making wooden toys for his grandchildren, Dick severed some of his fingers, and Dick is now in a long term care facility.

“It’s really hard on him, and they are just so isolated and it’s hard for everyone in nursing homes,” said Pam.

Pam said it’s been hard for the social Santa, not being able to do the job he loves or see his family due to COVID-19.

“Nobody can go in and see him, hug him, so it’s just really sad,” said Pam.

To brighten Santa Kraus' Christmas, Pam is asking for people to send him Christmas cards. So far, Dick has received a couple from people across the country.

“I think it will light up his face like it hasn’t been in a year,” said Pam.

Pam said she feels the cards will make each day a little better for him while he is in the long-term care facility. She said she knows everyone has had a tough year, but she hopes people will send him a card to bring him some Christmas cheer.

"He worked his whole life for other people, and I just hope that people will see this and take a minute to send him a card and help make his Christmas,” said Pam.

If you would like to send Santa Kraus a Christmas card the address is listed below:

Alden Estates
1130 Collins Rd.
Jefferson, WI 53549
Attn: Santa Kraus Rm 301

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