Selfless Santa joy - the Rutherford couple bringing joy to Hunter kids

Ethan Hamilton
By Ethan Hamilton
Updated December 24 2021 - 2:06am, first published 1:57am
Santa Spirit: Grant and Bella Johnston of Rutherford offer free Santa photos, letters and treat bags every year to give back to the community. Picture: Marina Neil.

RUTHERFORD couple Grant and Bella Johnston are lighting up the lives of hundreds of Hunter children. For the sixth year in a row, the Dietrich Close residents have decked their house out in Christmas lights and offered free photos with Mr and Mrs Claus.


Ethan Hamilton

Ethan Hamilton


Ethan Hamilton started as a digital/ print journalist with the Newcastle Herald in 2021 after interning with ACM's Voice of Real Australia/ Forgotten River podcast. Ethan is from a small town in the Upper Hunter and has lived in Newcastle since beginning university in 2017. He has a passion for community storytelling and being part of the region's future.