Saturday, June 16, 2007

East Belfast’s Secret Santa Honoured

Turns out that East Belfast has his own philanthropist. The Birthday’s Honours List includes Edward Joseph Cooper. Now 68, he’s an East Belfast man who has been buying toys every month since the age of 14, storing them up and then giving them to needy children at Christmas.

“... one man charity who works independently of any organisation and has not made his actions known publicly ... Many of the organisations who receive his gifts don’t know they are from him.” (BBC News article)

Congratulations to our local Secret Santa. And congratulations to parents, teachers and friends who all those years ago influenced the life of a fourteen year old boy to think beyond his own self and invest in others in society.

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