Ray's Christmas Miracles

$15,971 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 337 people in 22 months
Ray Beesley's generosity and love of children were legendary. For decades, he was the "real" Santa to thousands of children, soothing their fears and drawing them in with a soft voice and warm smile. He made doubters into believers. He reminded parents that their children were their greatest gift, and gently reminded them to take care of themselves.

He adored all children, but none so much as his 4 daughters, 2 sons, and 5 grandchildren. To his family and friends, he was so much more than Santa. He cared for everyone he met, loved with an unparalleled fierceness, and gave of himself endlessly. He was a man who selflessly brought hope, love, kindness, belief, and a chance to relive our childhood with the spirit of Christmas. He was an is a shining example of humanity at its best, how we should all be in this world.

Ray passed on December 2, 2016. True to form, he worried most about the children who would be disappointed not to see him this year.

In his memory, the family has begun Ray's Christmas Miracles, a fund to provide holiday joy to children in need. Ray Beesley devoted his life to children. Now his legacy may live on.
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Siobhán Mary Fuller
22 months ago

Allison, I added the link to this page to my blog post in Santa's honor. I truly loved this man. I am so sorry for all of you. https://tigress5cubs.wordpress.com/2016/12/03/in-honor-and-memory-of-santa/

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Betsy Archibald
22 months ago

Thank you Santa and the Beesley family for bringing a soldier home! It was a privilege, no matter how short a time to have met him. Here's to a life well done! '

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Suzie Button
22 months ago

Thank you for being so kind and making our special needs population feel welcomed, loved and special. May you rest in peace.

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Debi Casillo
22 months ago

Mr Beesley: thank you for being such a sweet man and always taking your time to listen to every child's wish, including mine. I'll never forget your kind words after our visit, " you're doing a great job mom. God bless you". Rest In Peace Santa.

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Karen Toma
22 months ago

May you always know how loved ray was/will always be... by strangers and friends alike. We all got to see but a small portion of his beautiful big heart. He was and will always be our santa, our friend. Thank you for sharing your loved one with all of us. The impact of his life is immeasurable.

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Jakhai
2 months ago

congratulations on reaching your goal,  Please help support my campaign "Help The Lives Of All My Pets" also please consider sharing, thank you.

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Melinda
10 months ago

I'm asking Anyone To please Help me And My Kids

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David
10 months ago

Please help us for Christmas as I just was laid off from my job and don't know how we are going to make it through the holidays and I don't want the kids to suffer. I have found odd jobs in between and a hopeful job coming up but I won't have money or things in time for their wish list. please help us out....gofundme.com/2nm9dp-christmas-for-the-kiddos

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Judith
10 months ago

https://www.gofundme.com/unAngelennuestrocamino. please donate and share

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Betsy
10 months ago

https://www.gofundme.com/ggd7jv-christmas-present

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Joey
10 months ago

https://www.gofundme.com/julianeedsamiracle If You Can Please Help Me And My Family, Many Blessings

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Marie
10 months ago

my mom needs help for Christmas please read her story https://www.gofundme.com/4rhk3yo

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Brittany
10 months ago

if you could take a moment and read our story,https://www.gofundme.com/4s2lhlk

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Stacey Harrje
21 months ago

Oh dear Santa you were one of a kind. I remember waiting an hour to see you. My daughter at the time was 2 and now is 9. My daughter said mom what happened? I said Santa be came a Santa angel to the children in heaven.......Your smile, warmth and love was amazing! I have my Christmas ball on my tree. I will light a candle every Christmas in honor of you.......to your family may god hold each and everyone of you. Rest in peace sweet Santa......oxoxo

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Anne Mc Manus Toth
22 months ago

To our granddaughter he was the real Santa as he was to so many other children. We have ten years of pictures with the real Santa. He was really so special and will be missed by so many, Thank you to his family for sharing him.

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Michael Wassuta
22 months ago

You were the only Santa my kids ever knew. You were the best Santa I ever knew. I can't begin to tell you how much you have touched my family's hearts over the years. You were truly one of the most amazing, kind hearted people I have ever known . Since my kids were born and every year after, they always looked forward to seeing you around Christmas. You will be greatly missed. To the family of Mr. Beesley I extend my deepest sympathy and may God guide you and help you through this time. Ray was one of a kind and he was a staple in the community for many years. He was Santa and there will never be another like him. God bless.

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William Gilmartin
22 months ago

Thank YOU! Since 2013 we have enjoyed & looked forward to getting pictures with our favorite Santa. William our 8 yr. old Special needs boy felt always so welcomed. I remember saying the first year "I'm so sorry it's taking long he has Autism". Santa looked at me and said "Relax Santa has all the time in the world- people need to have patience". From that moment on I knew we found our Christmas place. He will be so missed.

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$100
Donna and Ray Sooley
22 months ago

Was blessed to know such a wonderful man! Heaven has a new angel.

BC
$500
Bromilow's Chocolates
22 months ago
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With Love from all of us at Bromilow's.........

LG

RIP, Mr. Beesley, the true Santa. Patricia has taken photos with Santa since she was born in 2001, you knew her name and would make us cry each year when you remembered her each year. You read her stories and when she was 6 we waited on line 2 days before Christmas because Patricia asked for a photo of the True Santa for Christmas, That photo of Santa's face still is in her room. Patricia is now a teenager and we have ceased are yearly visits but we will always remember, you, your family and the true spirit of Christmas. We thank you for bringing the true spirit of Christmas to our family. With love and sympathy, The Giuriceo Family- Lisa, Tony, and Patricia

DD
$50
Doug DiFalco
22 months ago

RIP Santa, many happy memories with my kids at Christmas

$100
Anonymous
22 months ago
$50
Gina Zegler
22 months ago
2
2

Sending the family as much love as Ray gave to us.

JG
$100
John Grossi
22 months ago
1
1

We will miss you, Santa.

HL
$10
H Long
22 months ago

May Santa Ray Beesley's Christmas spirit live on!

Siobhán Mary Fuller
22 months ago

Allison, I added the link to this page to my blog post in Santa's honor. I truly loved this man. I am so sorry for all of you. https://tigress5cubs.wordpress.com/2016/12/03/in-honor-and-memory-of-santa/

+ Read More
Betsy Archibald
22 months ago

Thank you Santa and the Beesley family for bringing a soldier home! It was a privilege, no matter how short a time to have met him. Here's to a life well done! '

+ Read More
Suzie Button
22 months ago

Thank you for being so kind and making our special needs population feel welcomed, loved and special. May you rest in peace.

+ Read More
Debi Casillo
22 months ago

Mr Beesley: thank you for being such a sweet man and always taking your time to listen to every child's wish, including mine. I'll never forget your kind words after our visit, " you're doing a great job mom. God bless you". Rest In Peace Santa.

+ Read More
Karen Toma
22 months ago

May you always know how loved ray was/will always be... by strangers and friends alike. We all got to see but a small portion of his beautiful big heart. He was and will always be our santa, our friend. Thank you for sharing your loved one with all of us. The impact of his life is immeasurable.

+ Read More
Jakhai
2 months ago

congratulations on reaching your goal,  Please help support my campaign "Help The Lives Of All My Pets" also please consider sharing, thank you.

+ Read More
Melinda
10 months ago

I'm asking Anyone To please Help me And My Kids

+ Read More
David
10 months ago

Please help us for Christmas as I just was laid off from my job and don't know how we are going to make it through the holidays and I don't want the kids to suffer. I have found odd jobs in between and a hopeful job coming up but I won't have money or things in time for their wish list. please help us out....gofundme.com/2nm9dp-christmas-for-the-kiddos

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Judith
10 months ago

https://www.gofundme.com/unAngelennuestrocamino. please donate and share

+ Read More
Betsy
10 months ago

https://www.gofundme.com/ggd7jv-christmas-present

+ Read More
Joey
10 months ago

https://www.gofundme.com/julianeedsamiracle If You Can Please Help Me And My Family, Many Blessings

+ Read More
Marie
10 months ago

my mom needs help for Christmas please read her story https://www.gofundme.com/4rhk3yo

+ Read More
Brittany
10 months ago

if you could take a moment and read our story,https://www.gofundme.com/4s2lhlk

+ Read More
Stacey Harrje
21 months ago

Oh dear Santa you were one of a kind. I remember waiting an hour to see you. My daughter at the time was 2 and now is 9. My daughter said mom what happened? I said Santa be came a Santa angel to the children in heaven.......Your smile, warmth and love was amazing! I have my Christmas ball on my tree. I will light a candle every Christmas in honor of you.......to your family may god hold each and everyone of you. Rest in peace sweet Santa......oxoxo

+ Read More
Anne Mc Manus Toth
22 months ago

To our granddaughter he was the real Santa as he was to so many other children. We have ten years of pictures with the real Santa. He was really so special and will be missed by so many, Thank you to his family for sharing him.

+ Read More
Michael Wassuta
22 months ago

You were the only Santa my kids ever knew. You were the best Santa I ever knew. I can't begin to tell you how much you have touched my family's hearts over the years. You were truly one of the most amazing, kind hearted people I have ever known . Since my kids were born and every year after, they always looked forward to seeing you around Christmas. You will be greatly missed. To the family of Mr. Beesley I extend my deepest sympathy and may God guide you and help you through this time. Ray was one of a kind and he was a staple in the community for many years. He was Santa and there will never be another like him. God bless.

+ Read More
William Gilmartin
22 months ago

Thank YOU! Since 2013 we have enjoyed & looked forward to getting pictures with our favorite Santa. William our 8 yr. old Special needs boy felt always so welcomed. I remember saying the first year "I'm so sorry it's taking long he has Autism". Santa looked at me and said "Relax Santa has all the time in the world- people need to have patience". From that moment on I knew we found our Christmas place. He will be so missed.

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