By Ryan Ostry
Staff Reporter 

Mr. and Mrs. Claus stop by local McDonald's

Mr. Claus shares experience of how he's just happy to be alive, and his purpose with Christmas


Last updated 12/4/2019 at 2:16pm

Ryan Ostry

Mr. and Mrs. Claus stop by McDonald's in Plainfield.

With Thanksgiving officially in the rear view mirror, the Christmas spirit is taking place.

Mr. and Mrs. Claus stopped by the McDonald's on Route 59 in Plainfield to take photos, talk and listen to what all of the boys and girls want this year for Christmas.

"We started doing this about nine years ago for our grand-children," Mr. Claus said. "After a couple years somebody who saw us at one of these events asked us if we would do it for a family that was down and out."

Not only does the couple stop by local McDonald's, but they also visit hospitals, churches, pre-schools and nursing homes.

What started off visiting just four McDonald's, has now blossomed into 14 during this holiday season.

"We do it to give back to the community as well as enjoying the fellowship with the parents and the season," Mr. Claus said.

Giving back to the community is something the couple said is very near and dear to them, especially because of a recent scare that Mr. Claus suffered.

A day after Father's Day, Mr. Claus suffered a massive heart attack that included six bypass surgeries.

Three months following the health scare, Mr. Claus also had surgery on his carotid artery, where doctors told him it was 95 percent blocked.

"The doctors said medically speaking, that they were surprised he is still here," Mrs. Claus said. "I told the doctors that I know why he is still here."

Ryan Ostry

Christmas joy gets spread to restaurant in Plainfield.

While Mr. Claus acknowledged he still has a long way to go, giving back to the community and seeing all of the happy children they impact is the best medicine he can have.

To go along with the trips to local McDonald's, the couple has other avenues to bring joy to people.

Mr. and Mrs. Claus also have a church in Minooka where they have 12 meals for 12 adopted families.

On Friday and Saturday, the couple delivers six meals and presents each day for the kids, making their Christmas one to remember.

"You don't realize how many people just down the road from you need groceries," Mrs. Claus said. "People might have lost a job, or their parents are broken up and all kind of other situations, so we're just trying to find ways to help the kids any way we possibly can, because those are the ones who suffer."


Reader Comments(1)

Julie writes:

We love this couple! They've been part of our Christmas season for three years. Kudos to Kory Management for continuing to bring them to our towns. I did ask this year for the dates and locations they'd be at. :) These are all McDonald's locations: Friday December 6th from 6pm-7pm 1039 E. 9th St. Lockport, IL Sunday, December 8th from 9am-11am 1915 W Main St St. Charles, IL 1pm-3pm 1812 S. Randall Rd. Geneva, IL Friday, December 13th from 6pm-7pm Rte 30 & 135 St North Plainfield, IL Saturday, December 14th from 10am-12pm Rte 59 & Renwick Plainfield, IL 1pm- 2pm Rt 59 & Caton Farm Rd Plainfield, IL Sunday, December 15th from 2pm-4pm 545 E. Lincoln Hwy Dekalb, IL Friday, December 20th from 6pm-7pm Rte 59 & Black Rd. Shorewood, IL Saturday December 21st from 9:30am-10:30am 31 E. 63rd St Westmont, IL 60559 11:30am-12:30pm 809 Plainfield Road, Darien, IL 60561 Sunday, December 22nd from 10am-11am Jefferson St (just east of Rte. 59) Joliet IL


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