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Spreading joy and love at Christmas
    2010-12-16  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

    Maggie Tang

    WITH a long, white beard and in a red velvet Santa costume, Richard Goodman is the center of joy and laughter at the Crowne Plaza Shenzhen, entertaining children and having his picture taken with guests in the hotel lobby.

    In casual dress, walking or shopping in the neighborhood with his wife, Jo Anne, he is often stopped by excited people, who are amazed at his signature beard.

    “He is so real. He is the Santa Claus we’ve heard of and imagined,” is the usual comment.

    Goodman, 79, from California in the United States, is possibly the only professional Santa Claus working in Shenzhen this festive season. A former aircraft engineer, he has been a professional Santa for 21 years with the Amalgamated Order of Real Bearded Santas (AORBS), an organization certifying more than 500 Santas across the United States and Australia.

    From now until Christmas Day, Goodman will work every evening from Tuesday to Sunday at the Crowne Plaza Shenzhen. He can be found at a small Santa’s home, where people can have photos taken with him and have them immediately printed and signed. People can voluntarily donate to the Shenzhen Autism Society, which is dedicated to helping autistic children. All proceeds will be given to the society at the end of the month.

    It is the fourth time in five years that Goodman has worked in Shenzhen accompanied by his wife. He enjoys the work here and is impressed with the friendliness of the Chinese people. He is especially touched by the autistic children at the Shenzhen Autism Society, whom he visits when he returns to the city.

    “I still remember a mother there in tears, after seeing her son hugging me. It was the first time the boy had ever hugged a person,” Goodman recalled.

    “Being autistic, they might not recognize me as Santa Claus, but they recognize a friendly face. I really want to bring more happiness to these children, and I look forward to society showing more concern and love for them,” he said.

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