James Edgar Community Service Award

The James Edgar Community Service Award is presented each year to a Brockton Resident who best exemplifies the same spirit of generosity and care that James Edgar had for the children in the city of Brockton.

James Edgar came from Edinburgh, Scotland to Brockton, Massachusetts and opened Edgar’s Department Store on Main Street in Brockton. In December of 1890, James Edgar dressed as Santa Claus in a costume inspired by a popular illustration of Santa created by the artist Thomas Nast in 1863. His intent was not for marketing purposes, but for the enjoyment of the children he so loved on his favorite holiday – Christmas.

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