Ten years ago a Burien social worker started delivering gifts to needy children and took on the nickname Soul Santa.

For the last decade, Aaron Degruy has arrived in style on Christmas day using a limousine to go to homes and motels and help families facing hard times.

This year, hard times have also hit Degruy - a debilitating disease has taken a huge physical toll.

I've got muscular dystrophy and things are going bad, but it's not about me, he explained.

He can't walk far and couldn t get into the Santa suit this year, but he wanted to make sure his weakness didn't mean the children would miss out this year.

It's about reaching out and once you do that it's an experience you never forget, he explained. Degruy was accompanied by a new generation of elves to keep the tradition alive.

Chris Charles called the experience eye opening.

When you come up with some presents and you see their faces light up it really stirs you inside, he said.

Melissa Newton-Mora said they had given out gifts to many families at local motels.

We get so much more than anything we could ever give them, she explained.

Degruy isn't sure what the next year will bring to him, but he's determined to somehow do it again.

Go out there and help somebody, that's the biggest Christmas gift of all, he said.

He hopes more elves will join in and says the real spirit of Soul Santa is something everyone can share on Christmas day.

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