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Greenville 'secret Santa' passes tradition on to son

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Jay Anderson collected two bikes from Palmetto Fine Foods on Laurens Road. (Dec. 23, 2013/FOX Carolina) Jay Anderson collected two bikes from Palmetto Fine Foods on Laurens Road. (Dec. 23, 2013/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Joel Anderson has been doing his own impression of Santa for more than a decade in Greenville but now he says his son is taking the reins.

Since 1990, Anderson said he has been asking for and collecting donated bicycles from area businesses then giving them to families in need in downtown Greenville.

"Just seeing the parents come to the car, their smile and saying 'this is something we couldn't have done without you' is a great joy," Anderson said.

Anderson said on average he collects 20 bicycles each Christmas and through word off mouth finds families that need them.

Anderson said after more than a decade he is ready to take a back seat on the sleigh and let his son Jay run the show.

Jay Anderson is a sophomore basketball player at Southern Wesleyan University but said he will still find the time to carry on his dad's mission.

"I told my dad, it's my turn to take over, so I want to make sure every kid wakes up to something from Santa," said Anderson.

The Andersons plan to continue collecting as many bikes as they can until they begin handing them out the night of Christmas Eve.

If you would like to help the Anderson's out, donations can be made at the Greenville Heritage Credit Union in care of Smiles at Christmas.

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