At a community meeting, everyone was brainstorming ideas to provide the children at the local orphanage with a happy Christmas. I came up with the idea of renting a Toronto Party Bus, having some people dress up as Santa Claus, and having the bus drive around with the children and Santas inside. They would go to various places during the day and have a lot of fun. At the end of the trip, the kids would go to the toy store and the Santas would help them pick out a few toys that they would get to take back to the orphanage with them.
Since it was my idea, I volunteered to dress up as one of the Santas. I didn’t quite look the part of a Santa, but thanks to a little padding, makeup, a fake beard and a little glue, I quickly turned into the jolly one himself. My brother even decided to join in on the fun. My brother already had a long beard, so he just dyed his beard white and put on a padded suit. Although his look was a little more natural than mine, I think I sounded better when I did the classic Santa shout.
When we showed up at the orphanage with the bus, the kids were going crazy. They didn’t know what was going on, but they knew it had to be something big. They lost it even more when the Santas stepped out to greet them. The children had a lot of fun that day, but once they made it to the toy store, that really put a smile on their faces. I had a couple of little girls with me who were so adorable. One went to the doll section for a princess doll, while the other wanted to have a Lego play set.