“A Santa Claus for everyone,” CBS Evening News

Jack and Trisha Senterfitt

“A Santa Claus for everyone,” CBS Evening News

Jack and Trisha Senterfitt

On Christmas Eve, Santa and Mrs. Claus — known to fellow Park Springs Members as Jack and Trisha Senterfitt — were profiled by CBS Evening News. Reporter Mark Strassmann sat down with Mr. and Mrs. Claus on a December morning at Park Springs for their recent interview where they shared the work they do spreading Christmas cheer by meeting children in their world and greeting them in their language, whether it’s Spanish, sign language or English.

Santa has truly found a voice that works for everyone. When a young boy who recently immigrated to the United States could only say “Trick or Treat” to Santa, he knew he had to do more — starting with a full immersion Spanish program in Hondurus. He also learned sign language to speak to Deaf and nonverbal children who speak sign language, and created a Sensory Santa program where he wears less shiny attire, doesn’t jingle bells, and skips his famous barreling “Ho, Ho. Ho!”

“The message is the same, regardless of the language, or the way to communicate,” said Santa. Santa’s job is to bring joy by meeting children in their worlds.

“It’s just a different child in a different way,” shared Mrs. Claus. “We’re crying when they leave.”

These visits are just as magical for Santa and Mrs. Claus as they are for the children.

“The most important thing about Christmas is love,” says Santa in all of the languages he speaks. He truly is a Santa for everyone.

To access the online story, visit the CBS News website here.



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