Santa helps others, now needs help himself

      Tri-States Santa / KHQA file photo

      Tri-State Santa, Jack Bailey collects and delivers hundreds of gifts to children all over the area every year. Now this normally jolly St. Nick needs help himself.

      He says he delivered toys to more than 3,500 children last year. But the process to deliver smiles to children drained him financially. Now he's in danger of losing his home.

      You'll recall we've told you about Jack Bailey who builds, collects and refurbishes toys to put Christmas under the tree for thousands of area children.

      It's Jack Bailey's dream to get toys into the hands of needy children. Now its seems his dream is crumbling like cookies left out on Christmas eve.

      Things were going well for Santa's workshop, until last summer. That's when water flooded his workshop in Beardstown and destroyed it along with all his toys. He had no elves to help him when he started collecting toys from scratch all over again in his garage.

      Times are tough and the need for toys was bigger than ever before last year. That's when he dug into his social security check and sold some possessions to pay for extra toys and fuel to get them under the tree for needy kids.But now it seems that good deed has caught up with him.

      Now he's on the verge of financial disaster.

      Bailey continues to try to make ends meet selling some of his creations like this garden cart and wishing wells. But even facing the poor house, all he can think about is what happens to the children on Christmas morning.

      In the three years Bailey has been playing Santa, he's delivered toys to more than 5,300 children.

      Bailey tells KHQA's Melissa Shriver that "his world is falling apart". If you can help in any way, call him at 217-491-6931.

      You can also contact him through mail RR1 Box 186, Browning, IL 62624