~Submitted by The Bedford Community Santa Program
You may not have thought about your Halloween costumes yet, but Bedford elves are already busy looking toward December. The Bedford Community Santa program is heading into its 77th season of providing a Christmas Eve visit from Santa to the children of Bedford. Registration is open for the 2022 program on the bedfordsanta.com website.
After offering a personalized video option in 2020 and a choice of in-home or video option in 2021, the 2022 program will return to its traditional in-home Santa visits this year.
The volunteer run program offers a short Christmas Eve evening visit by Santa to any family who registers (ideally before December 5th). The program and visit are free to any home in the 01730 zip code that will have children under the age of 12 on Christmas Eve and open to every child regardless of religion or financial situation. Santa will discreetly supply donated gifts for children going through financial hardship, without questions.
The program will not be mailing out registration postcards this year. Residents are asked to remind their friends, relatives, and neighbors to register online and on time.
In 2021, the Bedford Community Santa Claus Project completed its 76th year with a combination of the traditional at home visits and virtual pre-recorded video visits with Santa. There were 80 videos created and sent out. In person, 605 children were visited in 190 homes. The program was run in 2022 with the help of over 100 volunteers. Anyone interested in volunteering can fill out an interest form on bedfordsanta.com.
There may be the option available for a short video message this year for families with children who have health concerns. For more information, email [email protected].