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  • For 42 years Mike Howard was known as "Mountain Santa." 1 / 12

  • He collected and distributed toys to children and the elderly in need in his Kentucky community. 2 / 12

  • 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. 3 / 12

  • Mike and Barb's son Jordan promised his father he would continue his legacy. 4 / 12

  • Mike has since begun collecting toys to distribute this holiday season. 5 / 12

  • As of mid November he had already collected more than 1000 toys. 6 / 12

  • He hopes to have between 3000 and 3500 toys to give out by mid December. 7 / 12

  • Community members have been gathering to donate toys and wrap presents since Halloween. 8 / 12

  • Thanks to Jordan and the community they are working non-stop to make sure those in need will have a present on Christmas morning. 9 / 12

  • Jordan said the outpouring of support has been incredible. "It's a feeling that you can't describe." 10 / 12

  • Mike's legacy as Mountain Santa will live on thanks to his son. 11 / 12

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