My colleagues and I were honored to recognize Tommy Dods at our January Council meeting for his 53 years of service as “Mr. Santa” for over fifty communities throughout Oahu. It was especially rewarding to spotlight Mr. Dods’ 20-year relationship with the Moanalua community through his appearances for annual Christmas luncheons for the Moanalua Gardens Community Association and the Ho’opono Services for the Blind sponsored by the Moanalua Lions Club, as well as to thank him and his family for their long-standing years of community service.
Known as the “M&M Santa” for accepting only a bag of M&Ms for his services, Mr. Dods contagious cheerfulness and gentle manner have made him the perfect “Mr. Santa” for the Moanalua community. Mr. Dods also makes Santa appearances for tremendous community causes, including the Prevent Child Abuse Hawaii’s “Brunch with Santa” event, which serves families and children from abuse shelters; the “Miracle on Merchant Street” fundraiser to collect money, gifts, and toys for families staying at Oahu’s Ronald McDonald Houses; and the Hawaii Children’s Cancer Foundation’s Christmas party to encourage and spread holiday cheer to children who are battling against cancer.
At our Council meeting, Mr. Dods was presented with an honorary certificate thanking him for spreading holiday cheer and happiness throughout the holiday season. Representatives of the Moanalua Lions Club, Moanalua Gardens Community Association, and the Kalihi Business Association also presented him with two plaques in recognition of his service for their communities. Mahalo to Tommy Dods and his ohana for being a great example of how the aloha spirit continues to thrive in our communities.