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Helping make a merry Christmas
Times photo: Brenda Steurer Santa reacts to Michelle Brogers Christmas wish for a new sports car Tuesday at 8th Street Subway, Monroe. Santa made his appearance at a fundraiser for Sherri Severson, a subway employee who was injured in an auto accident Dec. 3.
MONROE - Santa Claus showed up for a good cause Tuesday at the Monroe Subway on 8th Street.

"I always show up," Roger Shaw, Sr. said, who was playing Santa.

For about five hours, surprised customers could tell Santa their Christmas wish lists, and for a small price, have their picture taken with him.

Subway's elf Mary Phillips said all of the proceeds from the photos go to help pay for the cost of surgeries and rehabilitation for Sherri Severson a Subway employee.

Severson was one of three people injured in a three-vehicle accident at about 5 p.m. Dec. 3 in the N3500 block of Wis. 69 in Monroe township.

According to Subways' store manager Marla Petit, Severson has been at the UW Hospital since the accident, and was, coincidentally, being transferred to the New Glarus Nursing Home the day of Santa's appearance. Severson has a minimum of eight months rehabilitation, Petit said.

Two of Santa's first visitors were sisters Melissa Broger, 23, and Michelle Broger, 21. Both women work with Severson.

"I've known Sherri for two year," Melissa said. "We worked together here and now at the New Glarus Nursing Home."

Michelle Broger now works at Subway with Severson.

A picture of Melissa's while sitting on Santa's lap will go up in her room.

"I still believe in Santa Claus," she added.

Phillips said she found Shaw through her husband who works with him driving trucks for Sara Lee. Shaw is from Montello. People wishing to contribute to Subway's fund for Sherri Severson, may contact Petit at Subway, 328-2500.