December's Hometown Hero: Mike Barnett "Santa Claus"
Some people just go above and beyond when it comes to giving back. Mike Barnett is one of those people, and that's why he's December's Hometown Hero.
Our Hometown Hero segments are sponsored each month by the International Safety Training Council.
Mike Barnett takes the whole month of December off from his regular job at Lion Elastomers, but he's really not off. He goes to another job
Barnett puts on a Santa outfit, and then ends up making 50 to 60 stops per week.
He visits churches, nursing homes and schools bringing with him Christmas cheer to share to the young, and the young at heart.
He is so good at playing Santa that even adults take a second look.
Barnett refuses to take any pay. He says his pay comes in the joy he gets from putting a smile on people's faces.
Click video to watch James Ware's Hometown Hero profile of Mike Barnett.