Wayne Henderson, known in Whitehorse as Garbage Truck Santa, is fundraising for repairs to his garbage truck so that he can continue his annual holiday trips around the local community.
Henderson told the CBC that the idea for Garbage Truck Santa was born in 1991 when a boy would wait for him to arrive with his garbage truck. Eventually when the Christmas season rolled around, he sported a Santa Claus suit on the job and then later added strips of lights to his truck to surprise the boy.
Since then, he has driven through the city’s streets decked out in his holiday apparel. He also makes rounds at schools, daycares and continuing care facilities – sponsored by local businesses and organizations.
“I love giving back to the city,” Wayne Henderson said in an interview with the CBC. “I’ll hand out 3,000 candy canes in four days.”
It’s going to cost Henderson up to $20,000 to have his truck fixed, but local companies have stepped in to cover half of that cost.
A GoFundMe page to cover the other half of his repairs has currently raised $3,250.
Henderson said he is hopeful that they will have enough money by the end of October to get his truck ready in time.
“I love doing it because, once I’m behind the Santa suit, I’m a whole different person,” he said. “I want to keep doing this for as long as I can.”