Editor’s Note: This release was edited by Larry Lapka
NEXCOM Brings Santa To Town, Virtually • VIRGINIA BEACH
Proving once again that even a pandemic cannot stop Santa Claus from making his appointed rounds. on Saturday, Dec. 19 at 11 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST), St. Nick will be broadcasting live from the Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) North Pole, which can be accessed from the NEX Facebook page (www.facebook.com/NavyExchange/).
“For our nation’s bravest, the holidays become a feeling and not necessarily a particular date,” explained Rich Honiball, executive vice president, Global Merchandising and Marketing Officer for NEXCOM.
“That’s where our command’s mission kicks in,” he explained. “No matter where a Sailor is stationed, no matter what day they’re able to celebrate the holidays, NEXCOM is there to create a sense of home and joy! Especially in the midst of this challenging year, it’s truly an honor to bring some glimmer of holiday cheer to our deserving military children!”
During the hour-long free event, Santa Claus will read stories and letters from around the world, give customers a behind-the-scenes peek at his toy shop, and make a visit to his reindeer to ensure that they are ready for the big night.
In addition to Santa Claus, there will also be visits from friends of Santa, including Steve Langley of the Soap Bubble Circus and magician and illusionist Jason Bishop, often called “America’s Hottest Illusionist,” as well as a behind-the-scenes night time tour of the holiday lights on the battleship Wisconsin, moored in Norfolk, Va.
Children still have time to send Santa a letter at SantaClaus@nexweb.org. If the letter is read during the live broadcast, the writer will be contacted for a special prize.
NEXCOM’s mission to bring Santa to its youngest customers mirrors the Army & Air Force Exchange Service’s (AAFES) earlier announcement that it would also bring Santa to children virtually through a partnership with the JingleRing service
Edited by Larry Lapka
Nothing can stop Santa Claus from making his appointed rounds, and NEXCOM will see to it that its youngest customers have a chance to meet up with St. Nick, virtually, just days before Christmas on Saturday, Dec. 19.