'Canadian Santa' dies after 33 years of delivering gifts in Mexico

An Edmonton man died in January shortly after doing what he loved most: delivering Christmas parcels of donated clothes, toys and school supplies to needy children in Mexico.

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Glen Fraser, nicknamed ‘the Canadian Santa Claus,’ made his last of 33 annual road trips south in December. He was 89.

Fraser undertook the roughly 3,000-kilometre journey, from somewhere south of the North Pole to Baja California, despite the heart problems and skin cancer that long plagued him.

Daughter Gail Fraser said a doctor told him not to make the trip, but he was determined.

After giving kids presents, her father “would give them a hug and he would just beam,” she said.

Fraser’s legacy will live on, thanks in part to students at a local school who prepare shoeboxes full of gifts each year, and also thanks to Gail, who promised her dad she’ll keep making the deliveries.

“By me doing this,” she said, “he’ll always be there.”

With a report from CTV Edmonton’s Ashley Molnar



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