Bruce has been busy assisting Santa since our last update on Monday! Here are some more bits of news about their experiences together since then:
December 14, 11:30pm
Santa looked on the shelf tonight and 30 of the 48 teddies have found new arms to hold them. So 18 more visits in 10 days ending in the children’s hospital on Christmas Eve. Today was wonderful in that a very caring law firm held a big dinner for those in our city who through illness, addiction, or just plain bad luck find themselves in need this year. There was beautiful food, music, dancing and genuine warmth. Santa had a ball.
The photos are from an engagement last week where Santa’s helicopter landed and he had breakfast with over 260 people. Imagine being child and you are standing on the balcony of a community centre. It is very cold and soon you hear the thump thump engine of a helicopter and Santa drops out of the sky landing in the swirling snow right before your eyes.
We get one chance to keep the dream alive for children.
Three more teddies have found new arms to hold them in the last 24 hours.
Santa absolutely loves Buckmasters Circle and the children there. For those not familiar with the name, it is a former military base in the centre of St. John’s, NL. The children are very different. They may not have all the latest toys and clothes but do they make up for it in other more important ways. Santa went into a room packed with kids and as always, he got down on the floor. The kids climbed all over him but with great respect and kindness. But what Santa notices the most is how caring they are for one another. Older brothers and sisters with their younger siblings on their hips and looking out for their well-being. There is no fighting, just the joy of Santa’s visit and several hundred appreciative, curious, and well mannered youth who make Santa’s visit one of the nicest of the 48 Santa will do.
The second teddy is with a new Canadian tonight. Thank goodness Santa has an elf to read the names of the children at Daybreak on the Boulevard. I think the wonderful staff there are as excited as the children when Santa peeked around the door and looked into the wide eyes of astonished little kids. They are all 1 to 4 years old. The children come from every corner of the world and for some, this is their first Christmas in Canada. They may not have met Santa before, but tonight there is a little two year old, with big blue glasses, curly brown hair and the biggest grin you can ever imagine clutching Santa’s teddy.
Tomorrow at 8:30 am, Santa has yet another first experience here in Newfoundland. He has been asked to come to the H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Treatment Centre to be present with a little girl while she is there for her radiation treatment. Santa’s teddy will be there too and teddy and the little girl will go home together.
Come with me St. Nicholas. Santa needs your guidance.