Children across America "Santa-Tize" to Help Fight the Flu Bug

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Santa America Leads Common Sense Approach to Safeguard the Health of Children, their Families and Friends, as well as Santa Himself

Children across America are joining Santa to "Santa-Tize" their hands at home, at school and before they visit the Big Elf, himself! With flu season in full swing, Santa-America (http://www.santa-america.org) is asking children to take the "Santa Pledge" to Santa-Tize their hands several times each day and to cough into their sleeve or a tissue.

Imagine tens of thousands of little ones climbing onto Santa's lap this season and it paints a beautiful picture -- until you consider the potential for sharing germs, as well as holiday wishes. "We recognize that Santa America is in a unique position to spread this common sense approach to safeguard the health of children, their families and friends, as well as Santa," says Santa Ernest Berger, president of Santa-America, the largest non-profit Santa charity in the nation. Santa has close contact with more children than almost any other person during the holiday season.

Since launching this initiative during the last week of November, Santa America volunteers report that children who Santa-Tize with him seem more engaged and happier than ever. "They are delighted to be invited to Santa-Tize together, creating a new memorable tradition," explains Santa Ernest. Moms and Dads are also Santa-Tizing and give this program a big parental thumbs up!

"So many families and health care providers have expressed appreciation for our efforts to empower children to help keep the flu bug away without making it a chore," adds Santa Ernest. "We can make a real difference and sometimes simple efforts can have a huge positive impact."

About Santa America
Santa America volunteers serve children in hospice, in the hospital, and those experiencing post-traumatic stress. Santa brings love, hope and joy wrapped in a warm hug to special children and their families 365 days a year. Beginning 2009, Santa America's nearly 300 volunteers expanded their traditional focus, visiting children with autism and the families of wounded warriors and disabled veterans. For more information, visit Santa America at http://www.santa-america.org.

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