Janice Kennedy wraps her arms around Secret Santa after he gave her $400. When you watch the CBS video by Steve Hartman, you will see the impact of Huricane Sandy.
The Kansas Highway Patrol, joined by the Bonner Springs Ploice Department and the Missouri Highway Patrol, led by Captain Dek E. Kruger made a very special family very happy. The heart and compassion of the men and women of Law Enforcement is matched only by their courage and dedication to protect the citizens they serve. It was a heartfelt day in Bonner Springs Kansas, that made Secert Santa very proud.
For four years in a row now, the Secert Santa couple of Charlotte NC have been teaming up with Charlotte Police Officers and Firefighters to bring smiles and hope to everyone they encountered as they traveled thoughout the city on thier now very traditional and anticipated Sleigh Ride.
2012 is a year to remember. With poverty and unemployment at record levels and the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, Secret Santa dug deep to help as many in need this Christmas as possbile. Here in chronological order are some of the Secret Santa Sleigh Rides reported by the media this Chirstmas season.
The first Sleigh Ride of the season began in Elizabeth, NJ. With the help of the Elizabeth, NJ, Newark, NJ and New York Police Deparments and two special agents from the FBI, Secret Santa was able to target random acts of kindess to those who needed it most. The following media coverage provides an insight to the devastation witnessed by Secret Santa and his law enforcement ELFs that are a vital part of every Secret Santa Sleigh Ride.
Associated Press article
New York Post article
NBC NEWS video
Without media or fanfare, the Kansas Highway Patrol made its very first Sleigh Ride this year and they did it in grand style. Many people only encouter a professional law enforcement officer in their liine of duty. What they don't always see is the kindness and compassion that lies behind the badge. This is why Secret Santa always travels with law enforcement, as they represent the loyalty, integrity and compassion of Secret Santa and carry Secret Santa's message every day of the year.
With the help of Charlotte police officers and fire fighters, the Charlotte Secret Santa once again brightens the life of many in Charlotte. For the 5th year this very special Secret Santa Couple has built the tradition of Secret Santa based on the tradition the original Secret Santa, Larry Stewart, built in Kansas City. Their annual Sleigh Ride brings hope to many who look forward to their generosity.
What do you say to a single mother of four trying to pay her utility bill who has one child in the hospital dying of cancer and another being admitted to a hospital diagnosed with the same disease? This was one of several heartfelt stories shared with Secret Santa at the Independence MO Community Services League that day. Accompanied by Independence, Blue Springs and Missouri Highway Patrol officers, Secert Santa spent a day helping those truly in need. The story of that moving day was captured on film by a TV news reporter and a local newspaper reporter, both of whom truly understand Secret Santa's message of hope.
NEWS PAPER STORY Independence Examiner
I twas a reunion of sorts for Secret Santa and the Valley Secert Santa and ELF's. Joined by MLB great and not so Secret Santa/ELF Luis Gonzalez, the team of santa's and elf's escorted by the Phoenix Police Department, made their way thought out the city bringing hope to everyone they encountered. The article below and TV news coverage of the day, tells the heartwarming stories.
This year the St. Louis Secret Santa accompanied by firefighters and law enforcement officers carried on the Secret Santa tradition. It was a quiet but very inspirational day. By design, there was no media coverage as this year was more of a family affair for Secret Santa.
For the fourth year in a row, a very special Secret Santa couple upheld the Secret Santa tradition in Detroit. Accompanied by the Detroit Free Press and police officers from Lincoln Park and Detroit, they motored about spreading Christmas cheer and sharing the Secret Santa message. Below is an article from the Detroit Free Press that describes this year's Sleigh Ride. The Detroit couple, like the Charlotte couple, inspire other couples to share the Secret Santa experience together.
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