DENVER -- You know the economy is getting bad when, instead of toys, kids are asking Santa for food.
Rich Lopez has been playing Santa in Boulder for eight years.
He told KMGH-TV in Denver that he loves that job because he enjoys listening to kids talk about their Christmas wish list.
"I'll get requests from girls for Barbie dolls or play sets," Lopez said. "Boys ask for Power Rangers or games."
The long-time Santa said several recent requests nearly brought tears to his eyes.