Bay County's "Salvage Santa" hard at work despite Hurricane Michael damage
Christmas is right around the corner and that means Bay County's Salvage Santa is busy at work. Despite losing practically everything in Hurricane Michael, Mike Jones is determined to still have Christmas.
"We're not going to let this stop us," Jones said.
Jones has dedicated his life to rebuilding broken bikes and Christmas toys for children in need and he isn't going to let anything, not even a hurricane, get in the way.
"Salvage Santa is just my mission I guess. To take care of kids, that is what I've dedicated my whole life to. Protect and serve and take care of these babies," Jones said.
With so many children displaced this holiday season, Jones says this year is especially important.
"We need more than ever. Probably 5,000 kids instead of a 1,000 that I'm use to doing, but I've got a lot of help, a lot of people are calling me," Jones said.
People have been calling, in fact two people called just while we were there.
Jones is choosing to focus on the kids that need him and plans to worry about rebuilding his home after Christmas.
"We are going to make sure everyone has Christmas. When it's over, Mike Jones will build a house or something," Jones said.
It's a holiday spirit that everyone needs as we continue to rebuild.
If you are interested in helping him with donations, you can call him at (850) 832-2976. You can also drop off items at his house, located at 2715 Hillsboro Avenue in Panama City.