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Fox 4: Superhero Santas storm toy aisles, spending more than $20,000 for kids in hospital

By Megan Dillard

Santa and superheroes joined forces Monday evening for hundreds of children who won’t spend the holidays at home.

The Elite Comics community spent more than $20,000 on toys at the Target off W 61st Street and Metcalf Avenue before loading a 24-foot moving truck and driving the haul over to Children’s Mercy Hospital.

William Binderup runs Elite Comics. Throughout the year, he hosts different events to help raise money for this cause, and you can usually find a donation jar on the counter of his Overland Park shop.

Many of the shoppers are comic fans, and some of them dressed up in costumes as specific characters for the shopping spree. It’s why people saw Santa, Elsa and Supergirl, among others, temporarily clearing off the shelves at Target.

“We’ve got a shopping list that comes from Children’s Mercy, saying here’s what we need for these kids," Binderup said. "Then we take it down and drop it off."

"And they set up an entire store downstairs at Children’s Mercy so parents can just come down, get the thing that their kid wants that’s in the hospital. They don’t have time to go out. They have a kid in the hospital.”

FOX 4 asked Binderup why he spends so much energy each year on this event. He said it boiled down to one thing.

“The only important thing in the world is kindness. If you don’t have that, everything else is lost," he said.


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Superhero Santa shopping spree nets more than $23,000 in holiday gifts for kids in hospital