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Book details
  • Genre:HUMOR
  • SubGenre:Form / Anecdotes & Quotations
  • Language:English
  • Pages:100
  • Format:Paperback
  • eBook ISBN:9781543980257
  • Paperback ISBN:9781543980240

Kids Say the Darndest Things to Santa Claus

25 Years of Santa Stories

by Don Kennedy View author's profile page

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Overview

When Don Kennedy's friend, a volunteer Santa Claus, fell ill the night before a Boys & Girls Club Christmas party, he asked Don to put on the red suit and beard in his place. What was originally meant to be a temporary gig turned into a passion, and Don began to volunteer for organizations that didn't have the funds to hire a Santa—children's hospitals, military bases, women's and children's shelters, fire victims shelters, schools, churches, and everything in between. After asking children what they want for Christmas for 25 years, he's heard just about everything, and here compiles the best of the best.

Description

When Don Kennedy's friend, a volunteer Santa Claus, fell ill the night before a Boys & Girls Club Christmas party, he asked Don to put on the red suit and beard in his place. What was originally meant to be a temporary gig turned into a passion, and Don began to volunteer for organizations that didn't have the funds to hire a Santa—children's hospitals, military bases, women's and children's shelters, Fire victim shelters, schools, churches, and everything in between. After asking children what they want for Christmas for 25 years, he's heard just about everything, and here compiles the best of the best. Sometimes funny, somteimes sad, but always touching and sweet, Kids Say the Darndest Things to Santa Claus will entertain and warm the hearts of readers.

About the author
Don Kennedy is a longtime resident of Las Vegas, Nevada. He's a first-time author, or as the infamous W.C. Fields called it, a "scrivener." Born and raised in Wisconsin, he is a graduate of Concordia College. He began writing as the editor of his high school newspaper and sports reporter for the local city newspaper. He was a radio and TV broadcaster as well as a print editor/publisher for more than a decade. He was a city editor and sports editor for the Henderson Home News and Boulder City News, a reporter for the Pahrump Valley Times, an editor of Vegarama, Las Vegas Top Spots and Las Vegas Pizazz magazine, a publisher/editor of Going Places/Southwest Traveler magazine, and a feature writer for Valley Electric's Ruralite magazine. He was also a radio personality on KVOV and KREL radio stations while simultaneously hosting a syndicated travel radio program, "Going Places," on the local NBC Talk Radio station. He provided voice-overs and commercial broadcasting for several TV stations. For the past 35 years, Kennedy has been a casino marketing executive with titles of manager, director, vice president, corporate vice president, AGM, and CMO in seven states: Nevada, California, Oregon, New Mexico, Louisiana, Indiana and Oklahoma. He has served as a judge for the prestigious Romero Awards and been a guest speaker/lecturer at numerous seminars, conferences, conventions and several universities. He has worked the past decade as Player Development Manager at Primm Valley Casino & Resorts, part of Affinity Gaming. A Roast/Toast celebrating his career was held in 2015 and is available on YouTube, titled "Don Kennedy Roast Primm 2015." In his rare free time, Kennedy enjoys travel, especially where there are lakes and oceans. He has been an active member and officer of the NFL Alumni Association for 20 years as an Associate Member. He's a proud uncle to two nieces, a nephew, grandniece and grandnephew, and has an older brother. His passion, every December for the past 25 years, has been serving as a volunteer Santa Claus for all those who needed to be seen, heard, and given a little Christmas spirit.


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