St. Nick is nixed from a South Carolina cancer center. It's not even December yet and Santa Claus has already lost his job at the Charleston's Hollings Cancer Center. Two words: Bah Humbug!
For the past two years, hospital volunteer Frank Cloyes has spent one day dressed up as Jolly Ole St. Nick spreading good cheer and treats to chemo patients. Cloyes, 67, was so into the Christmas spirit he would spend his own money to rent the costume.
But, a volunteer coordinator told Cloyes his good cheer was no longer needed.
"Because of our state affiliation, we decided not to have a Santa presence this year," Hollings spokeswoman Vicky Agnew said. Hollings is a part of the Medical University of South Carolina.
Decorations will be "more secular and respectful to all beliefs," Agnew said. "We don't want to offend a volunteer with good intentions, but we need to think of the bigger picture. People who are Muslim or Jewish or have no religious beliefs come here for treatment," she said.
Cloyes, a self-described libertarian with no religious ties says "Bah Humbug"!
"Santa is a tradition and everyone loves him," Cloyes told The Post and Courier. "It's just something that makes people happy for a while. Kids liked it, staff liked it. People took pictures."
Hollings won't lose all of its merriness. Agnew says the center will still have wreaths, poinsettias and garlands.
The decision is "not meant to be cold," she said.
Cloyes said he wonders where "political correctness and overregulation will end."
"Let's have a little joy in our lives," he said to The Post and Courier.
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A South Carolina cancer center nixed St. Nick so they wont "offend anyone".
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