VERNAL--Matt Tate has been dressing up as Santa, making visits, and providing Christmas to families going through financial hardship for 14 years. 

He has the boots, bells, belt, and beard--one of Santa’s best helpers has been working overtime this season to create Christmas magic. Throughout the holiday season Matt Tate and his family put in long hours, making visits as Santa Claus. 

The Tates charge a fee as they make visits to business, family gatherings and Christmas parties throughout the area. The money they generate is then used to purchase Christmas gifts for families who would otherwise go without. 

In addition to the money generated by his Santa visits, Matt also coordinates with ‘angel families’ who want to help Santa bring Christmas to more people. These families donate money and gifts to their ‘adopted families.’ Last year the efforts made by the Tates and the ‘angel families’ provided Christmas to 32 different families.

Matt, his 3 elf children, and Mrs. Claus have been working hard all season and will continue to make deliveries and visits into the evening on Christmas Day. They will then spend the 26th celebrating the holiday as a family. The Tates are making the Basin a better place. If you would like to reach out to them their ‘sleigh phone’ number is 435-219-3757.

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