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Busy Santa finds time to visit kids at Janeway Children's Hospital in St. John's

Santa arrives at the Janeway to bring his bag of goodies to share with children there Saturday just before noon. He had a fine contingent of helpers: the Royal Canadian Mounted Police dressed in their finest to escort him on his way to the 34th Annual RCMP/Janeway Children's Christmas Party. Holding the door is Sgt. Dave Hains. — Deb Squires/The Telegram
Santa arrives at the Janeway to bring his bag of goodies to share with children there Saturday just before noon. He had a fine contingent of helpers: the Royal Canadian Mounted Police dressed in their finest to escort him on his way to the 34th Annual RCMP/Janeway Children's Christmas Party. Holding the door is Sgt. Dave Hains. — Deb Squires/The Telegram

We don’t know how he does it, but Santa seemed to be everywhere on Saturday.

And while he’s known to be pretty speedy, he needed a hand to get from one end of the metro area to the other.

So the Mounties, dressed in their finest red serge, stepped in to give him a hand to get to the RCMP/Janeway Annual Children’s Christmas Party on time.

RCMP Const. Edwina Escott and her daughter, Katie Biddiscombe, 11, were ready to lend some help to hand out treats.  — Deb Squires/The Telegram
RCMP Const. Edwina Escott and her daughter, Katie Biddiscombe, 11, were ready to lend some help to hand out treats. — Deb Squires/The Telegram

Before joining the party Santa visited children on various wards to make sure all could get to see the jolly old elf and whisper their Christmas wishes. Christmas carols were sung, with volunteer Clay Coombs playing guitar and helping Santa spread the cheer.

While children and their parents were waiting his arrival downstairs, there was a bundle of entertainment, hosted by VOCM’s Lacy O’Connell. 

A magician, singers and dancers kept the party lively as Santa made his round of the wards and then took time to visit the crowd who had gathered downstairs.

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The St. Pat's Dancers kept the crowd tapping toes. — Deb Squires/The Telegram
The St. Pat's Dancers kept the crowd tapping toes. — Deb Squires/The Telegram

 

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