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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - December 25, 1982, Tokyo, JapanSaturday december 25. 1982 Pacific stars and stripes dear Santa dad needs Job letter Sparks generosity Kansas City to. A Aletter that a 7-year-old boy sent to Santa Claus has resulted in Job offers for the youngster s father plus toys and Money for the Farrell wrote to the North pole asking for toys for himself and his 2-year-old brother Brett. He also told Santa his father David needed Job. Farrell has been unemployed since . Postal service turned the letter Over to the Kansas Cit times which published a Story about it. The publicity touched off a Christmas is All in a name for fire chief Central City by. A tis the season to make Jolly comments to the fire chief about his name. They say hoho especially this time of the year the chief said. Ferrell Christmas said som people Don t believe his name when he introduces his wife Mae had doubts when they met 23 year Sago. She kept saying i be got Tosee your Driver s License. No body is named Christmas " he said. Steady Stream of callers and visitors to the Farrell Home in suburban Overland Park Kan. Two sacks of presents several callers discussed Job possibilities. Others offered Money for Christmas presents for the boys. On woman dropped off two sacks of presents at the Farrell have Job interviews lined up. It almost makes tears come Tomy eyes Farrell said. People have been so terrific. I Don t know what to say. I just want to thank outpouring of generosity did bring tears to the eyes of Gwen Farrell the boys Mother who said she had cried More than farrells received More than $80, half of which they said the would give to people less fortunate than m just a sucker for a kid who believes in Santa said , reservations department Man Ager for midwestern solar. Others will have it worse i be been telling everybody that alot of people have it a lot worse than we do Farrell said. We had presents bought for the boys they were going to have Christmas. The were going to be loved. And we know there Are families that Are going Mohave it mrs. Farrell said Danny was convinced All the excitement was the work of Santa m glad she said. I m not something for Santa Model Sally Nicholson shows Santa her $1,500 Birds of Paradise lingerie set at self ridges department store in London. The pure silk going to Tell him Santa does t exist camisole designed by Sylvia Hann features six diamonds for the Birds eyes. A where does Santa Claus come from mommy9 Boston a what should Santa do if Little one has an Accident in his Lap you have your Helper Tell the children that Santa has to Check his Reindeer real Quick says Darlene Doucet manager of the Santa Clau program for Western temporary services inc. The employment Agency finds 35 santas Forgoston area department stores and shopping malls each year. Each is a graduate of four hour training program which includes a film and detailed instructions on the use of the Santa suit Beard and wig. Most important Are the sessions that teach the would be clauses How to Field the Tough questions. Agency staff pose As children to put the Santa through their paces. Well have children Tell Santa i want you touring my daddy Back he died or can i have a baby sister " said Doucet. We Tell the santas to explain that it s not his Doucet said her Agency interviews All Santa applicants and then observes them during their training period. Enthusiasm is essential she said. When they come in for the training we Loo for people who like kids and who Are excited about the Job she said. It s not an easy Job. It a lot of fun and rewarding but it s a lot of hard work in part because of the Stuffy velour suits each Santa must Wear along with whiskers and wigs. Pillows Are optional. Then there s the four to five hour shifts with reluctant crying children and parents eager to get pictures of their youngsters with Santa Al for $4.50 an hour. A Mother will put the kid on your Lap and the kid is crying and the first thing the Mother say Sis smile " said Mike Wallace who has been a Santa for nine , a Retiree with 12 grandchildren said love of children is essential. He has mixed feelings about animal lovers who bring their cats and dogs to Santa were two Kittens who scratched the Heck out of my Arm the other week he also said he and the other santas Are cautioned not to use hoho to on children to often. It scares them he said. The Santa Clau psychologists suggest we have the children say hoho to the travails Wallace loves the Job. Where else he asked can you find so much sincerity and love and Trust than in these Little folks Yule briefs in the Nick of time Waterville Maine a a skydiving Santa Claus was a whisker away from death when his Parachute failed to open As he plunged toward the ground at 100mph. At the last instant Ronal Bradford managed to grab the Cord to his emergency Chute falling safely near a dazzled gathering of 35 children at a apartment Complex. Bradford who has been sky diving for 21 of his 40 years said that had he been killed the children would have seen the image of Santa Claus myth would have been hard to backup Chute opened about 1,000 feet from the ground. Mostof the kids did t realize that Bradford was Only a few Hundred feet about three seconds from the minimum Altitude for Safe Landing. He fumbled during his search for the emergency Cord he said because when you re wearing Asanta Claus Pillow and have whiskers blowing All Over you face it s kind of hard to reach behind it s time to give up Chalmette la. A forthe first Christmas in 12 years Joseph Sauro did t play Sant Claus for neighbourhood children who had come to sit on his knee tug at his false Beard and Star eat his Hardful of decorations. The 68-year-old Retiree said hews tired of teen agers smashing his snowmen pulling off hire indexers Heads and tearing Down the 20,000 lights that made his suburban Home a landmark. Every december night since1970. Sauro had dressed in a red suit and a White Beard pulled Upa chair in front of his House and taken Christmas gift orders from neighbourhood children. The vandalism began three years ago he said. He decided to quit when the vandals began shouting obscenities at him and the children on his made me feel embarrassed to hear cursing around the kids he said

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