On a December 3, 2010, Sleigh Ride, Larry The Cable Guy having demonstrated his compassion and ability to commit random acts of kindness was made an ELF (Ever Lasting Friend) by Secret Santa.
When the day was done, there was one happy new ELF.
On a December 14 Sleigh Ride, Secret Santa was joined by two very special ELFs: Major John Cosgrove of the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department and his daughter Katie.
In Phoenix, Secret Santa told school children the Story of Secret Santa and asked them to write a story of their own random act of kindness.
Ever wonder where bad ELFs go?
From coast to coast, north to south, it was a remarkable Christmas season with Secret Santas and ELFs on Sleigh Rides throughout the US and Canada. Each Sleigh Ride is listed below with links to media coverage if available.
Secret Santa escorted by his loyal ELFs at the Kansas City Police Department was joined by Larry The Cable Guy for the filming of "Only in America" on the History Channel. It was a memorable experience that captured the essence of a Secret Santa Sleigh Ride. We are all looking forward to the shows debut some time in February or March, 2011.
Secret Santa escorted by his loyal ELFs at the Kansas City Kansas Police Department and one very special ELF, was joined by a reporter from the Associated Press and a TV crew from Russian National Television who filmed a Christmas special shown to a national audience in Russia.
Secret Santa escorted by the Jackson County Sheriff, deputies and Independence Police made the rounds in Eastern Jackson County.
In memory of Robert Beckers, past Police Chief and Mayor of Grandview, MO, Secret Santa escorted by ELFs of the Grandview Police Department passed out $100 bills stamped "Bob Beckers" to many Grandview citizens in need. Accompanied by a reporter from Kansas City Public Radio, you can listen in on this special Sleigh Ride.
Building on the tradition established in 2008, the "St. Louis Secret Santa" surrounded by her loyal Police and Fire Department ELFs made her rounds through St. Louis and St. Louis County. The need has never been greater for Secret Santa in St. Louis and each year now, everyone waits to hear the stories of her random acts of kindness.
True to the Secret Santa tradition established in Charlotte in 2007, Secret Santas with help from their loyal ELFs at the Charlotte Police Department and Fire Department, fulfilled their mission of bringing joy to the less fortunate and inspiration of kindness to others.
They call them the Valley Secret Santas and their momentum each year builds upon a tradition established in 2006. The valley team of Secret Santas and ELFs with help from the Phoenix and Glendale Police Departments touched many across greater Phoenix this year. Special attention was given to teach the message of random acts of kindness to children. The following local TV special captures the spirit of what are now known as "The Valley Secret Santas".
Make no mistake about it, our lone Canadian Secret Santa in Guelph is alive and well and has truly captured and brought the spirit of Secret Santa to Canada. On this his second year of spreading joy and blessings to the needy, he has built the anticipation of Secret Santa in Guelph for years to come. Read about their adventures.
Guelph Mercury Article
It was two days of Sleigh Rides for our Michigan Secret Santas. Making their way across Detroit accompanied by the Detroit Chief of Police and other officers, they touched many lives, from disabled children to those in need at thrift stores, diners and on the street. A lot of attention focused on needy families, with tears all around. The stories were heart wrenching and the image of the Chief of Police giving away Santa's $100 bills will remain etched in everyone's minds. It was a good two days for Detroit and its suburbs.
Without fanfare or media, Secret Santa and a small team of ELFs to include All Pro, NFL Hall of Fame Linebacker Dick Butkus, spent a full day meeting and passing out $100 bills to the homeless and those in need. Santa and his ELFs received as much joy as those whose lives they touched on that cold rainy day.
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