October 15, 2021

‘Santa’s helper shortage’: San Jose’s Christmas in the Park in need of volunteers for 2021 season

SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) — Tickets for Christmas in the Park are on sale for the annual San Jose vacation custom, however organizers are dealing with a scarcity: a scarcity of Santa’s helpers.

For a range of causes, volunteers is not going to return as a Santa’s helper this yr, however there may be nonetheless time to sign-up.

“Some have retired, they hang up their black boots and Santa hat,” Christmas in the Park Government Director Jason Minsky stated. “Others, for safety reasons and their own personal reasons, say they aren’t able to participate this year and hope to come back in future years. So, for us, we’re short. We don’t want somebody to come down and have Santa not be there.”

Everyone knows the huge man is busy this time of yr.

So for 40 years, visits along with his helpers have been the centerpiece of the pleasure at Christmas in the Park in San Jose.

With drive-thru and in-person occasions, the park will provide extra volunteer shifts than ever earlier than.

However after dropping 10 volunteer Santa’s helpers, organizers are making modifications.

“It’s up to us to make accommodations and see if we can attract a few more volunteers to help with the Santa program so that we can have a good variety of people that want to come visit and share their time to visit with our guests,” Minsky stated.

After a yr of digital and distanced visits in 2020, youngsters can see Santa’s helpers in individual once more this yr with well being and security in thoughts.

Visits with Santa’s helpers will probably be exterior and every volunteer chooses distanced or conventional visits primarily based on their comfortability.

Christmas in the Park will share on their social media and web site the most popular fashion of the helper that day so households can plan accordingly.

ABC7 spoke with one of Santa’s helpers at Christmas in the Park for practically a decade.

He says loves the emotional impression Santa can have on a baby.

With Santa helper orientation this weekend, he encourages others to volunteer and make a distinction.

“This is the year for you to step up, the kids really need to have some Christmas interaction, a little sense of normalcy,” he stated. “We should do everything we can to bring things back to a real Christmas season the way we’ve seen in the past.”

The orientation on Saturday is actually the Santa’s helper interview course of for Christmas in the Park.

Minsky says if individuals can not attend this weekend, there are nonetheless methods to do the orientation.

For data on find out how to volunteer to be a Santa’s helper, go to their web site right here.