Posts Tagged With: Labrador

Santa’s surprise for Neveah

Santa recently visited some special boys and girls spending time at the Janeway Hospital as the holidays approach. Here is a very special moment we’re happy and lucky to be able to share thanks to Stephanie O’Brien – OZFM.

After hearing that a young girl named Neveah liked the coat she wore in the Downtown St. John’s Christmas Parade, Santa saw to it that she would become its owner. On his annual visit to the Janeway Children’s Hospital, he surprised her with the gift.

There is a video of the surprise here:
https://www.facebook.com/steffieob/posts/1788757307808071

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Highlights from the Downtown St. John’s Christmas Parade

Another year has come and the 2016 installment of the annual Downtown St. John’s Christmas Parade went off with a Ho! Ho! Ho!

Sunday, December 4 to the delight of children and their families, the parade marched through the streets of the Newfoundland and Labrador capital, with the big man himself marking the end.  Here are just a few highlight photos and clippings from the parade which saw Santa do the dabbin’ dance!

CBC VIDEO: Dabbin’ Santa! Kids at St. John’s Christmas Parade celebrate after Santa dabs for crowd

VOCM VIDEO/PICS/STORY: St. John’s Santa Claus Parade Collects over 15,500 Pounds of Food for Community Food Sharing Association

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VIDEO: Bruce Templeton launches Twenty Four Teddy Bears!

Last Thursday on September 29, 2016 Bruce Templeton launched his latest publication Twenty Four Teddy Bears: A Christmas Journey. This latest book, published by Creative Book Publishing, rounds out a trilogy for Templeton. His initial release, The Man in the Red Suit, garnered international attention and was a Globe and Mail best seller. The second book in the series equaled in its success, and was called The Man with the White Beard.

Like the initial two, this new book is meant to be read in the lead up to Christmas with each chapter corresponding with a date in the month. The stories profile the folks who were recipients of special teddy bears that Bruce, in his efforts as Santa’s assistant, helps get to people in Newfoundland and Labrador.

If you missed the launch, take a look at this video, then be sure to visit the signings and sightings section of the website for all of Bruce’s upcoming appearances.

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Some news from Bruce after assisting Santa this weekend…

Bruce had a busy weekend as he assisted Santa with a number of visits in Newfoundland and Labrador. Following some of the stops, Bruce had this to say:

Santa had quite a day with five visits starting at 10 am and ending at 6 pm and we met over 400 children. So five teddies are in the arms of five children tonight. But several of these visits were to companies who ask how Santa can be paid and the answer is always the same. Help Santa assist Rotary eliminate polio in the world. So while five children are sleeping with their teddies, the contributions today when matched will buy polio vaccine for 5000 children in Pakistan and Nigeria.

Yes Rudolph, Santa is tired but he had a wonderful day.

The local CBC also caught up with Santa during his visit to the Janeway Children’s Hospital in St. John’s, and filed this report:

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Click the image to view video at CBC NL.

And in keeping with the theme of this post, here is an update from Santa about one young child he met some years ago:

Santa’s teddy is sleeping tonight in Torbay, NL with a very special little boy. Santa met Graysen three years ago on Christmas Eve in the Children’s Hospital. Then, for the first time ever, we met again for the second Christmas Eve two years ago. Yes, this little guy spends a great deal of time with his wonderful mother Alice in and out of the Janeway Childcare Centre. Sleep well little Graysen. You are a precious elf and we think of you every day. Enjoy my Teddy.

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Santa and Graysen on their first meeting in 2012.

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The teddy bear that Santa will give to children for 2015.

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Bruce Templeton meets youth Santa’s helped at Chapters signing

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Bruce Templeton chats with Charlotte at Chapters

Charlotte’s proud parents Andrea and John very much looked forward to taking their daughter to Bruce Templeton’s recent signing for The Man in the Red Suit at Chapters on September 29 in St. John’s.  Charlotte was one of the young children that Bruce helped to meet Santa back when she was too young to remember. Born in October 2002, she was one of the children who spent Christmas in the hospital that year, weighing only a few hundred grams after arriving prematurely.

Andrea discovered The Man in the Red Suit after reading an article about it in The Telegram by Tara Bradbury, “I happened to be on Google News one day and a headline about a man in the red suit caught my eye under local Newfoundland and Labrador news,” she said.

“I clicked on it for curiosity and as soon as I started reading the column it was like I was struck with a ton of bricks! I immediately began to cry as I knew what was coming next. So many emotions came flooding back about that time when Charlotte was at the Janeway. As we had mentioned [at the book signing] there were many ups and downs during her stay there but by the time December came she had vastly improved. Things were looking up!”

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Bruce Templeton & Charlotte pose at Chapters with The Man in the Red Suit and a photo of her and Santa from 2002.

Andrea and John were thankful for Charlotte’s visit with Santa that Bruce had arranged and were excited themselves to meet the real-deal.  It was something fun, uplifting, and positive for the whole family to focus on at the time.  The remarkable meeting also led way to tradition Andrea adds, “Charlotte had her own little Christmas tree there and we have had a family tradition each year since then. Every year we talk about her first Christmas and how Santa came to visit. Then she decorates her little tree and we put it in a special place in our house to remind us of the miracle we received.”

Thanks to Andrea, John, and Charlotte for sharing their story with us.

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