Reflections Holiday Issue | Volume 17, Number 5 - Page 75

ALL OVER AMERICA ARE BACK IN FULL FORCE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON . NOT THAT ANY OF THEM TOOK TIME OFF DURING THE PANDEMIC , BUT THEIR WORKLOAD IN HELPING SANTA WAS CERTAINLY “ STRAPPED ” DURING LAST YEAR ’ S CHRISTMAS LOCKDOWN .

. There are at least a half dozen Santa ' s Helpers in the Richmond Hill area who again eagerly line up to assist their boss at the North Pole in delivering Christmas spirit . Richmond Hill ' s Santa ' s Helpers are dedicated men within a fraternal order who live the image of Santa Claus , some of them year-round . These local Helpers enthusiastically represent Santa and his likeness and spirit every Christmas season . They are often accompanied by “ Mrs . Santa ” in their efforts to spread Christmas cheer throughout Bryan County and beyond .

John Williams , who came to the Hill in 1966 , was the first Santa ' s Helper in the area , appearing standing on the back of a firetruck just for townsfolk to wave to . He later commandeered that same truck and assumed a more traditional role as Santa in the town ’ s annual Christmas parade . Santa John , a retired railroad manager of 43 years , still enjoys his annual stints portraying the " Jolly Ol ' Elf " for children and grown-ups for his neighborhood . Santa John also has future plans , “ I ’ m a Shriner , and have a deep desire to bring my Santa to local children ’ s hospitals — if I can keep my heart from breaking .”
Another local Santa ' s Helper works with children all day long , regardless . Michael Mosier is a teacher , middle school soccer coach , and even a part-time bus driver for the Bryan County School System . His natural full salt-and-pepper beard is not yet " snowy white ," but Santa Mike is seriously thinking of making the complete transformation . The full regalia of a Santa ' s Helper in character demands a beard of " snowy " significance and Santa Mike sees himself growing into that insignia as he gets older .
Duane Carlton has been a Santa ' s Helper for the last five years . Santa Duane , a retired Army veteran of 22 years , already truly looks the part with a genuine full white beard , a button nose , small round bi-spectacles , and a cheery " Ho-Ho-Ho " disposition . It also helps that his favorite shirt color is " red ." Santa Duane is usually booked through word-of-mouth and call-backs . During last year ' s Christmas lockdown , he made many charitable appearances to hospitals and private homes . He explained , with a twinkle of course , that he did this , " Just to keep Santa ' s spirit alive for these locked down kids — and their parents too ."
One could clearly say that Everrett Prostrollo is a full-time Santa ' s Helper — 24 / 7 / 365 . He is a retired Air Force veteran of 20 years who moved on to become a camp ranger . The next natural step in his mind was to be a Santa ’ s Helper — he looked the part . Santa Everrett personifies the mission and the dedication it takes to live the life of a Santa ' s Helper — full-time . He is booked several months in advance for the season at malls , corporate venues , private parties , nursing homes , and magazine ads . Santa Everrett has custom-fitted Santa suits and has even attended the North-Light Santa Academy in Atlanta .
RichmondHillRef lections . com 73