Mysterious Man in Red Donates 14,000,000 Pounds of Cookies to Food Bankby Montgomery Area Food Bank on 12/17/13
“We’re going to need a lot more milk,” said Parke Hinman, Executive Director of the Montgomery Area Food Bank.
Employees at the Food Bank were stunned Tuesday when an elderly gentleman in a red suit entered the front door to announce that a sled full of cookies was backing up to the receiving dock.
“At first, we didn’t believe him,” Hinman continued, “but sure enough we went outside to look and a huge red sled was backing right up to the dock. I tell you, I flew jets in the Air Force but I was impressed with the maneuverability of those nine reindeer.”
It took several hours for Food Bank staff to unload the burgeoning sled; by the time they were done, the facility was near capacity. The cookies are being distributed to over 330,000 families in need across 35 Alabama counties through a network of community-based Partner Agencies.
The donation was shrouded in mystery, however. When asked for his name, the man simply laughed and said “Merry Christmas!” He declined a receipt and disappeared as quickly as he arrived.
The man is described as elderly, with a flowing white beard, ample stomach, rosy cheeks and nose, and silver-rimmed reading glasses.
He wore a red suit, lined with fluffy white fur.
Another unique feature was his laugh, several staff members commented. “I find myself listening for his laugh when I’m in public. It was very distinct. ‘Ho, ho, ho’,” Brooke Ream said. “I’ll never forget it.”
Montgomery Area Food Bank is asking for your help in identifying this man. “We just want to thank him,” Hinman says, “donations like this are really needed, especially during the holiday season when families are trying to figure out how to make their time together special. We just want to let him know how much we appreciate what he did for the folks we serve.”
If you’d like to help Montgomery Area Food Bank serve more families in need this holiday season, please consider making your donation now.