For the 22nd year, community volunteers, Information Technology Services at SUNY Fredonia, and DFT Communications have donated their time and expertise to bring Santa and Elf Holly to the homes of local viewers.
Santa and Elf Holly are assisted in their North Pole television studio by a crew of TV and phone elves to provide a special holiday program for children.
The show was the brainchild of the late SUNY Fredonia staffer Ron Warren, who began making plans for the show before his death in November 1991.
The live television call-in show, "Talk to Santa," will be presented on Dec. 18 and 19, beginning at 6:30 p.m. each evening.
It will be shown on Time Warner Channel 5 in Brocton, Cassadaga, Fredonia, and Stockton, and on Channel 19 in Dunkirk, Silver Creek, Forestville and Hanover.
The show can also be viewed online at www.ustream.tv/channel/talk-to-santa.
For two nights, children and their families can tune in to watch Santa and his assistant, Elf Holly, as they take live phone calls from viewers who want to let Santa know what they would like for Christmas. Santa and Elf Holly will be televised taking calls from local area children who dial 679-XMAS (9627) to talk to Santa live.
DFT provides a special Santa Claus line that receives more than 300 calls during the two-day program.
Children throughout the county will be able to tell Santa about their special wishes this Christmas. These wishes are not always about toys. Sometimes it's to bring a soldier home safely or to wish that someone recovers from an illness.
The program originates from Thompson Hall on campus. Colin Plaister, "Talk to Santa" coordinator, joins Tom Sullivan, Marcia Merrins, Bob Scott, Doug Johnson, John Malcolm, Brad Markham, Lisa Eikenburg, Liz Curtin-O'Brien, Lotte Morse, Christa Haynes, Mike Sullivan, Gretchen Pelletter, Chip Riewaldt, Denise Maze, John McCune, Charley Mancuso, Andrea Wasiura, Debbie Ormsby, Laura Sarek and Steven O'Brien.
Local area schools cooperate by encouraging first- and second-grade children to write letters that may be read on the show as time permits.
The community is invited to tune in on Dec. 18 and 19 at 6:30 p.m. at 679-XMAS (9627) and Talk to Santa.