The Pandemic Won't Steal Christmas This Year, Thanks To Virtual Santas

By BRIAN BULL
KLCC

COVID-19 has disrupted many traditions this holiday season, including kids’ visits with Santa at malls, churches, and other gathering spots. But the jolly old elf won’t let the pandemic spoil the fun.

KLCC's Brian Bull talks to a couple Santas on how they're keeping kids happy and hopeful during a pandemic Christmas season.

Several local Saint Nicks have gotten with the times. Corey Anderson and a co-worker have set up shop at the Eugene’s YMCA, and do ZOOM calls with kids.

Anderson told KLCC that his face hurts from hours of smiling and chuckling, but…

“It’s pretty awesome," he added. "To be able to spread some Christmas magic out there has been truly a blessing.”

Bil Morrill of Cottage Grove is another virtual Santa, who says his career has quickly expanded past friends and family.

And Bil Morrill of Cottage Grove says the pandemic let him grow out a beard that made him a convincing Santa. He enjoys the virtual experience with kids.

“They carry the phone around the house and show me the wonderful things that they’ve made," said Morrill.

"It just warms my heart. I truly think I’ve gotten more out of it, than the kids are getting out of it.”

Both Santas report ZOOMING with dozens of excited kids since they started offering their online visits.

Listen to the KLCC story HERE.

December 15, 2020