A cancer survivor and North Texas mall Santa has taken to Zoom to hear kids’ Christmas wishes this holiday season according to a CBS 21 DFW article published on November 30th. In it they say:
“Now Santa’s lap is another form of close contact that’s too risky this holiday season due to the coronavirus. But a popular North Texas Santa started something new online to help kids still get their wish lists to Santa. Instead of zooming to the nearest mall, Clair Ossain, is a Santa just on Zoom. Ossain has been playing for a decade that also included a battle with cancer. He says he’s healthy now but his immune system is still weak. That along with the spread of COVID-19, threatened to derail his favorite time of the year, when he gets to see the smiles he puts on the faces of children at malls and stores around Collin County. But his family came up with the idea for online visits with Santa through Zoom that, for a fee, offer 15 minutes of one on one time from home that protects Ossian as well as the kids who are excited to visit with him.”
In related news, families who have been affected by childhood cancer were invited to a holiday event just for them according to an ABC 8 WFAA article published on December 20th. In it they say:
“Families who have been touched by children’s cancer experienced a Holiday Extravaganza Sunday evening at Santa’s Drive-In at BMW of Dallas. Kids got to see Santa and Mrs. Claus in their sleigh before watching a movie, drive-in style, at the top of the parking garage. AutoNation associates placed holiday gifts in the trunks of the vehicles so that every kid got a gift. The event was presented by AutoNation and Wipe Out Kids Cancer.”
No illness on earth can quash the spirit of giving that comes with the holidays.