Beaudesert's own Santa, Keith Reinke, has almost run out of toys

SANTA: Keith Reinke has seen hundreds of children who turn up to Elysium Village to visit Father Christmas. Photo: Larraine Sathicq
SANTA: Keith Reinke has seen hundreds of children who turn up to Elysium Village to visit Father Christmas. Photo: Larraine Sathicq

BEAUDESERT Santa Claus Keith Reinke has thanked the community for supporting him in bringing joy to local children again this year.

Unable to take up his traditional role at Light Up Beaudesert and Carols in the Park this year, children are still turning up every day to visit Santa at Elysium Village.

After his shout-out in the Beaudesert Times last month, Mr Reinke said people had donated toys for him to hand out to children when they came to see the Christmas lights and see Santa.

"One lady came with a ute packed with toys and another came with a car full of presents," he said.

"I had 195 children come to see me the other night and at least 70 turned up last night.

"I am hoping people can donate some more presents - I'm looking for pencils and pens, even if they have a company name on them, and cuddly toys for the younger children."

Mr Reinke said he was grateful for the donations so far but hoped to get some more gifts to keep him going until Christmas Eve.

He said Beaudesert children had surprised him with their Christmas wishes.

"Last year kids were asking for peace in the world and this year more of them and much younger ones are asking Santa for that," he said.

"This year I have also had children ask Santa for rain.

"There are so many families suffering in this drought."

Mr Reinke said donations could be dropped at unit 3, Elysium Village or Andersons Carpets in Beaudesert.

He said he would be handing presents out to children up to and including Christmas Eve.