William Leonard, a Santa Like no Other

May 27, 2014 2:30 PM ET

Green by Nature Blog

Allow us to introduce William Leonard, our second 2013 “Socio-Hero.” Employed at Norampac Schenectady for the past 18 years, William Leonard is the perfect example of going above and beyond for the benefit of others. Although he’s a warehouse handler by profession, being Santa Claus is his true vocation. Every year, this Cascader gives himself heart and soul to bringing holiday cheer to children from low-income families.


Indeed, his dedication to these kids is nothing new. For the past eight years, William has been collecting new toys for the annual toy drive organized by radio station 99.5 The River, and for the Toys for Tots Foundation, which helps make Christmas a special time for kids from low-income families in his community. The River then gives the toys to various community organizations, such as the Albany County Correctional Facility for Children’s Benefit, and Captain Youth and Family Services. As Christmas draws near, colleagues help William transform his truck into Santa’s sleigh, and he delivers the toys to the Toys for Tots drop location in person.

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