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They Helped Him Enjoy Christmas When He Was Poor. Now He’s Helping Them.

December 20, 2013
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They Helped Him Enjoy Christmas When He Was Poor. Now He’s Helping Them.
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This Denver man exemplifies the spirit of charity.

Money was tight when John Romero was growing up in north Denver. His mother would walk with him and his three siblings to the Denver Santa Claus Shop, where low-income families have been receiving holiday gifts since 1931. Romero never forgot the joy of playing with an electric train set he pulled home in a red wagon when he was seven. Now he’s a senior property manager for Regency Centers, a real estate company, and when he learned the Denver Santa Claus Shop needed a new place to host its annual gift shop, he offered the use of a vacant retail space he manages. Hundreds of volunteers will distribute toys to needy children there this week, and some of the kids just might grow up to return the favor.

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