A mystery Santa Claus keeps delivering toys anonymously to a northern Virginia church.


A mystery Santa Claus keeps delivering toys anonymously to a northern Virginia church.

Pastor Wayne Snead arrived Sunday at Galilee United Methodist in Sterling and found piles of presents — everything from Barbies and Elmos to electronic drum sets and Easy-Bake Ovens.

By Monday afternoon, more than half the toys had been given to organizations that will distribute them to the needy.

This is the fifth time since 1998 the generous giver has left toys at the church. No one knows who the mystery Kris Kringle is.

The pastor thinks he knows Santa’s motivation: He imagines the benefactor wakes up Christmas morning thinking of the joy he has brought so many children.