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Santa Claus is coming to Sanibel

By Staff | Dec 11, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED Kiwanis Club's Santa Run crew prepares to deliver gifts to Sanibel homes on Dec. 23.

Be on the lookout for Santa, who will make a special visit to Sanibel homes on Dec. 23.

The annual Santa Run event makes sure that Santa shows up at your door with a gift for someone special in your home. Santa will make his stop on-island thanks to the organization and assistance of the Kiwanis of Sanibel-Captiva.

For those interested in having Santa visit their home, the club would be happy to schedule him to deliver a present to that special someone – young or old. To do so, take the following steps:

– Secure a gift for each recipient, wrap and address each gift, then place the gifts into one sack for each household, along with address information and any special instructions for each gift recipient.

– Drop off the sack or sacks at Fire Station 171, at 2351 Palm Ridge Road, Sanibel, before Dec. 23 at 5 p.m.

– Make sure each gift has the recipient’s name. You may also include a brief note about the person as Santa appreciates some insight into how well-behaved the individual has been – it helps him personalize his message.

– If it is being delivered to a condo unit, detailed address instructions are requested, possibly including a map to show the location of the unit in the condo complex.

The elves will sort the presents into six routes, and the deliveries will be made on Dec. 23 between 6 and 8 p.m. There are six Santas each with a different route and each one has an elf and a driver. In the course of the night, the teams make about 125 stops in total, with each doing about 10 stops per hour.

When he visits, Santa will wish the entire household a Merry Christmas and will personally deliver gifts to each special someone.

The Santa Run was started 46 years ago by Kiwanian Dick Muench, who had been involved with a similar program conducted in Syracuse, New York. He got the Sanibel-Captiva Kiwanis Club, which he helped to found that year, to help him start the Santa Run on the island.

For more information, contact Dick Muench at 239-472-2812.