If you believe in Santa Claus, then you know his global distribution of toys and good cheer the night before Christmas is the culmination of year-round work.

It is the same in the real world.

We are filled with the spirit of generosity during the holidays, but to really make a difference, the heavy lifting goes on day in and day out, regardless of the season.

Once again this year, The Sun Chronicle pays tribute to some of the many volunteers who make our communities better places in which to live — all year long.

In keeping with the holiday, because there are 12 days of Christmas, we present to you 12 categories that highlight some of the area’s True Santas

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Susie Martin, 49, of Attleboro has made it her mission this holiday season to spread the joy of Blue Pride around the Attleboro High School co…

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James Adams of Mansfield is the patient care liaison at Sturdy Memorial Hospital and has made it his mission to make sure that the hospital is…

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Katelyn McLaughlin believes sports should leave a smile on every player’s face, which is why she volunteers with Unified Track at North Attleb…

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After spending over 20 years working as an electrical engineer, Attleboro resident Ken Salome decided to put down the wires, pick up a camera …

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At just 13 years old, Seekonk resident Kaylen McGovern has made it her mission to help collect and donate as many toys as she can for those in…

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The Doran family of North Attleboro believes strongly that giving back to the community is one of the greatest gifts of all. This holiday seas…

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Attleboro resident Mayra Perez grew up in a village where there were dirt floors in homes and almost everyone was poor. Today, she has made it…

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Two volunteers at Winslow Farm Animal Sanctuary in Norton have made it their mission to ensure that every animal that comes their way is cared…

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Years ago, while flipping through old pictures of her grandfather in World War II, Plainville resident Karen Spiewak became fascinated with hi…

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