Monday, December 14, 2009

Visiting With Santa


Some of you may know that my secret identity is Santa Claus. For six seasons I was Santa at Woodland Hills, Tulsa's largest shopping mall. From 1997 to 2002 I took the chair and asked about 15,000 children per season about their Christmas wishes. It was fun until some health problems forced me to give it up. However, I still have the suit and still do a few gigs for churches and charities.


Saturday I channeled Santa for my favorite charity, New Hope Ministry of Oklahoma. This started as a summer camp experience for children who have a family member who is incarcerated. These kids are a risk of the same fate without some positive experiences and good role models. The summer camp grew into a series of year round experiences and is making a real difference in the lives of these children. Click the link if you are interested in knowing more about it. Santa talked to over 150 delightful children this time.


This spritely elfe is Judy Gann, Episcopal Deacon and the founder and leader of New Hope. As you can see, she is having a very merry Christmas. She has been very nice this year.

7 comments:

Micki02 said... [Reply to comment]

Hi Santa Claus!
Being Santa Claus for children is really a beautiful thing but to be Santa Claus for children in difficulty is even better!
I like the principle of New Hope Ministry of Oklahoma, I went to the site, I sometimes find it difficult to understand everything! but the purpose of movement is generous, I hope the success is here!
Good day

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

I thought elves wore green - you've ruined a long-held belief.

You make the most lovely Santa and I guess the children confide all sorts of secrets to you.

Anne

Tulsa Gentleman said... [Reply to comment]

Kids tell Santa everything.

Yogi♪♪♪ said... [Reply to comment]

You make a great Santa Claus. You brought some happiness into those kids lives.

Julie said... [Reply to comment]

This fits in with some of the other things that I am learning about you from your writings and your comments, Bill. I admire some of your positions and admire your ability to give.

Bravo!

DrillerAA09 said... [Reply to comment]

Wow! You make a wonderful Santa.

Elleona said... [Reply to comment]

Bonjour Bill.

Chic ! J'ai la chance de voir le Père Noël sur mon écran !
Il a l'air bien gentil et malicieux, ce Santa Claus qui s'occupe de redonner le sourire à des enfants défavorisés !
Kisses de la Mère Noël ;-))