Editor’s Note: This release was edited by Larry Lapka
AAFES Ensures That Not Even a Pandemic Can Stop Santa • DALLAS
Santa Claus has been making his Christmas rounds for generations, and even though we are in the middle of a stubborn pandemic, he will continue to enliven the holidays for young and old alike during the 2020 holiday season.
Although COVID-19 might put some holiday events on hold, Santa Claus will still be making the rounds virtually with the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) and JingleRing partnership, which provides a platform for families to spend time with St. Nick in a contactless, virtual environment from the comfort of home.
“It’s comforting to know that Santa will always be there for our military families,” said Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Kevin Osby, Exchange senior enlisted advisor. “The Exchange welcomes the opportunity to help our warfighters and their families create some cherished memories.”
JingleRing is the brainchild of the team — including artists, storytellers and technologists who have worked for such companies as Disney, Apple. Microsoft and Electronic Arts — behind Santa’s Fantastical and PictureU, said to be North America’s second largest retail Santa operation.
Registration is available at jinglering.com/aafes. From there, families can select their local Exchange and sign up. Honorably discharged Veterans who have verified their eligibility to shop the Exchange online can sign up for visits at the community hub page.
Families can choose from a list of diverse Santas who speak several languages, including American Sign Language.
Pricing packages start at $19.96 for up to three children. Features also include visits from Mrs. Claus, story time sessions and post-holiday thank-you visits from the Clauses.
After the visit, a link will be provided as a keepsake so families can revisit their conversation with Santa. The only requirement is a device with Internet access.
Edited by Larry Lapka