A retired pastor's virtual Santa visits brings smiles to kids' faces and benefits a local charity.
Author: Jon Diaz Updated: 10:17 PM CST December 13, 2020 ALTOONA, Iowa — These days, kids sitting on Santa's lap seems like a distant memory. And often, an in person visit involves a plexiglass divider. Suffice it to say, visits with Santa just aren't what they used to be.
Retired Altoona pastor, and part-time Santa, Jeff Hanna has seen this first-hand this year. "For the most part people weren't interested in hiring a Santa live," he said.
So, he's adapting. He's taken visits with Santa virtual.
"I thought about. Do we chuck the whole idea? I thought , 'We've been zooming; everyone's zooming. So, we could do Santa zooms,'" he said.