Kids can talk directly with Santa Claus by phone

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By Linda Dillman
Staff Writer

Messenger photo by Linda Dillman
Santa Claus is checking his list for children in Canal Winchester he plans to call this holiday season. The jolly old elf is helping out the city’s Human Services department with their December fundraiser.

Canal Winchester Human Services is helping connect Santa Claus with children throughout the community via the phone.

Human Services is sponsoring a Santa Calls fundraiser on Dec. 15, 17 and 18 when parents can have their children speak directly with Santa Claus from 5-7 p.m. for $10 in the comfort of their own home.

“Once the parent goes on to reserve a time through our sign-up genius form and pays for the child, an easy to complete (Google docs) form will be sent to the parent,” said organizer Jill Amos. “The form asks them about their amazing kiddo that we will be calling. Favorite hobbies, siblings, what they asked for Christmas.”

If there are multiple children in the same household, each will register individually and Santa will talk with each one on an individual basis. Depending on the child, they will have between a five- to eight-minute phone call with Santa.

There are no age limitations. In order to personalize the call, questions include the child’s name, grade, gifts they are receiving, pets, favorite pastimes, hobbies, sports and best friend(s).

“I believe this has not been done before, which is why we are so excited to do this,” said Human Services Executive Director Aletha Mullins. “It is a great way for kids to connect with Santa since they will not be able to sit on his lap and tell their wish list. Jill and I go to Shades for dinner every quarter and brainstorm on fundraisers and events that will connect and serve our community. Santa Calls is what we came up with from our last meeting.”

One hundred percent of the proceeds benefit various programs offered by Canal Winchester Human Services, such as senior transportation, emergency assistance, food pantry, Adopt-a-Family and Tools for Schools.

For information or to sign up for Santa Calls, visit the Santa’s Calling link at cwhumanservices.org or call 614-834-4700.

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