"Calling the North Pole! This is WA6OPS at Childrens Hospital in Orange County. Santa, we're in Room 123 by bed 2. Do you know who this young person is?"
"Ho, ho, ho! Merry Christmas Jason! How are your brother David and your pet turtle?"
"He knows me!" The most exciting moment of every NPN contact with Santa is when the patient realizes that Santa already knows him or her by name.
It takes a dedicated behind-the-scenes crew to keep the North Pole link working and to pass along last-minute "elf" intelligence data northward.
Each patient gets a button to wear after the contact with St. Nick. It states, "I Talked to Santa on Amateur Radio." We don't give out candy or other edibles because of patient dietary restrictions.
Even patients in isolation rooms for infection control can contact Santa. If the child is too young or too sick to talk, Santa just says a few words of love and encouragement.
Everyone of every age enjoys a visit with Santa Claus. NPN also visits adult rehabilitation centers and long-term care facilities.
Click here for over two dozen classic NPN photos from 1976 through 2005
Text and images ©1996 by Joseph D. Moell. Republication without permission is prohibited.
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This page updated 3 November 2007