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'Santa' and his elf buy groceries for people throughout Utah County

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AMERICAN FORK — The sign may say "Fresh Market" at the grocery store off Main Street in American Fork, but on Tuesday night, it might as well have been the North Pole, as a couple of very special visitors brought Christmas cheer to some unsuspecting recipients.

Just three weeks out from Christmas presents are being bought and of course, groceries are always at the top of everyone's list regardless of the time of year.

For many, money can be tight as the bills add up. However, for some shoppers on this night, the load was lightened a little.

"We are looking for the glow," said a man dressed as Santa Claus, who asked not to reveal his true identity. "We are looking for the glow to shine even brighter than anyone can imagine. I should have brought my sunglasses in. We're just looking to spread cheer wherever it needs to be shared."

On Tuesday night, that meant Christmas cheer came in the form of grocery bills paid 100 percent.

"I'd like to give you a special little gift," Santa said as he swiped his credit card for one family.

As Santa went from checkout stand to checkout stand, "Buddy the Elf" serenaded shoppers over the loud-speaker.

The two men were gone in less than 30 minutes.

"You know, Santa has a pretty hectic schedule, so it is a one-night stop," Santa said.

He just hopes gifts like this are never lost.

"We have some little elves with us as well," Santa said. "We may not be around forever, so we're trying to pass along the tradition of Christmas spirit. It's going to get lost if we don't."

Fresh Market on Main Street in American Fork wasn't the only location the two men visited. They made several stops throughout Utah County before ending their night and "heading back to the North Pole."


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