VIRGINIA BEACH- Santa’s taking a break from his workshop in the North Pole to talk to children.
It’s called “Santa on the Air.” Virginia Beach EMS began sponsoring the program back in 2004. The goal is to help children cope with anxiety that may result from an emergency situation during the Christmas season.
Since then, it’s expanded to Norfolk, Chesapeake, the Hampton Roads Navy regional fire rescue service and Virginia state police on the Southside.
"Christmas is all about happiness and anticipation. This is the best way that Virginia Beach EMS can help spread some cheer to kids who need it the most," EMS Paramedic Matthew Owens said.
Each year, EMS puts Santa on the Christmas support team. Last year, was the biggest for the program. Santa spoke to 20 children in crisis.
“"911 calls come into Virginia Beach all the time, and many of them involve children. During Christmas time, it's very important that we find a way to help. We want to give them a sense of home and make them realize that the people who are their friends are trying to help them."