‘Santa’ Sammie helps make season bright

Published 9:17 am Thursday, December 30, 2010

Sammie Bailey, center, is pictured with many of those who helped him on Dec. 18.


Hundreds of kids from the Fort Deposit area flooded the community park on Dec. 18 for a visit from Sammie Bailey, the owner of BJ Auto Sales, who has been a Santa-like figure for the past six years by literally giving out thousands of dollars around Christmas time.

This year, Sammie gave out $4,000 to the kids, and that is only part of the money he donates to worthy causes each year.

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“I know how hard it was when I was growing up and hardly had an extra pair of shoes or clothing to wear, and I said if I ever got in a position where I could help others that I would,” Bailey said.

“I enjoy giving back to the community and don’t turn away anyone asking for donations.  I just do this from the goodness of my heart,” Bailey added.

Sammie and his BJ Auto Sales staff wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.