Santa stops at Beth Shalom in Oak Park to deliver gifts to homeless shelter guests

OAK PARK, Mich. (WXYZ) - Santa made an unexpected stop in Oak Park to bring holiday cheer to those in need.

The man in red stopped by Beth Shalom Congregation on Christmas morning. Guests from the South Oakland Homeless Shelter have been staying at the synagogue. The Jewish families of Beth Shalom have hosted them for the week as part of their fifteenth annual Shelter Week.

"It's because I don't celebrate Christmas," explained Julie Grodin, who organized the week. "We have the time available here to help others less fortunate to be able to celebrate their holiday."

The congregation teamed up with members of Islamic Organization of North America to provide warm meals and gifts for the holiday.

"Helping others is part of our beliefs," said William Anton, a member of IONA. "So it's not about Christmas; it's the added need is heavier on Christmas because the churches are celebrating their holiday."

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