For 42 years Mike Howard was known as "Mountain Santa."
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He collected and distributed toys to children and the elderly in need in his Kentucky community.
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Mike passed away in early 2018 and his wife Barb died just 8 months after that, leaving many to wonder what would happend during the holidays.
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Mike and Barb's son Jordan promised his father he would continue his legacy.
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Mike has since begun collecting toys to distribute this holiday season.
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As of mid November he had already collected more than 1000 toys.
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He hopes to have between 3000 and 3500 toys to give out by mid December.
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Community members have been gathering to donate toys and wrap presents since Halloween.
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Thanks to Jordan and the community they are working non-stop to make sure those in need will have a present on Christmas morning.
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Jordan said the outpouring of support has been incredible. "It's a feeling that you can't describe."
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Mike's legacy as Mountain Santa will live on thanks to his son.
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