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South Carolina Hospital To Allow Santa Back After Public Backlash

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File photo of Santa Claus. (credit: Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Lord & Taylor)

File photo of Santa Claus. (credit: Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Lord & Taylor)

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A Charleston Santa who was sent packing from a local hospital is one again unpacking his sack.

The Hollings Cancer Center of the Medical University of South Carolina said Wednesday volunteer Frank Cloyes may again dress up as Santa Claus to cheer patients.

Cloyes has been playing the role for two years, but on Tuesday was told his services weren’t needed because the hospital is affiliated with the state and there had been complaints from patients who were not Christian.

The hospital released a statement saying there was a “passionate response” from the public and patients after The Post and Courier ran a story about Santa’s firing.

The hospital now says it will allow holiday traditions of all faiths because of the emotional benefits they provide for patients.

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