Photos: Dominion truck operator dresses as Santa for “Toys for Tots”

Posted at 2:14 PM, Dec 13, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-13 15:08:58-05

Chesapeake, Va. – Marlin “Mo” Patrick, auger truck operator at Dominion Virginia Power, helps out with “Toys for Tots” every year.

Dominion Virginia Power officials say, even without his red suit, Marlin “Mo” Patrick, of Deep Creek, is the spitting image of Santa, complete with a bona fide white beard, robust laugh, and generous spirit.

Patrick finds ways, big and small, to make a positive difference in the lives of others year round, especially over the holidays. This month, Patrick has helped “Toys for Tots” collect a truck load of toys for underprivileged children; provided his services for the “Breakfast with Santa” at the Broken Egg Bistro; and hosted a Santa night at Dominion’s Chesapeake office where children could stop by and get pictures with him.

More than 20 years of serving as Santa in official parades and local events have made Patrick a well-recognized and much-loved figure in the community, according to Dominion officials. Patrick, a 29-year veteran at Dominion, also visits hospitals and nursing homes to spread the spirit of Christmas.