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Published:December 25th, 2013 10:56 EST

Outrage: Santa Shot While Delivering Free Toys In The Hood: Video

By Robert Paul Reyes

"A man in a Santa Claus suit who has been identified as Xavier Hawkins was shot in the back with a pellet gun Tuesday morning during a toy giveaway in a part of Southeast Washington plagued by crime."



Xavier Hawkins, a black man, has led an annual gift giveaway for the last seven years in the predominantly black part of Southeast Washington bedeviled by crime. Every year he dresses as Santa and gives toys to poor children, who otherwise probably wouldn`t get any toys for Christmas.

This Christmas Eve when Santa was getting ready to begin his toy giveaway, he was shot with a pellet gun. To shoot Santa when he`s surrounded by children is an unspeakable crime.

Not only did the shooter injure Santa and traumatize children, but he`s going to discourage people from helping the poor and the destitute. Why venture into the inner city to help those in need, when you will probably be shot for your efforts, many will conclude.

Hawkins has been released from the hospital, and he promised to give away toys next year.

Moral of this story:

*No good deed goes unpunished

*You can`t keep a good man down.

*No wonder Santa rarely makes an appearance in the hood.

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