Side Car Santa
So you have seen him around town, maybe event had a candy cane or stuffed animal given to your child…but who is this Santa on a motorcycle? We got the opportunity to ask Side Car Santa a few questions…
1. How long have you been Sidecar Santa? Sidecar Santa came about in 2011 after I wrecked my first motorcycle and purchased a bright red replacement. I have been Santa in one form or another since 1998 when I helped make phone calls as Santa to under privileged children on the Eastern Shore of Virginia while stationed there in the Coast Guard.
2. How did you get the idea to become Side Car Santa? After purchasing the bike I decided that it was the kind of motorcycle that Santa would ride. The first year I rode and just had my picture taken. Someone suggested that I should pass out candy canes but I did not want to put any parent in the position of telling their child that they could not accept candy from Santa since I was essentially a stranger passing out candy. My wife had a box of Beanie Babies that we thought would make us rich from the 80’s and we decided to pass them out. Thinking about it now, those beanie babies have made us rich in a different way than we thought they would. Word spread and people have been donating to me ever since.
3. Do you have a funny story you can share since you’ve been doing this? After doing this for six years, I still find it amazing that people do not believe there are no strings attached to what I do. The look of amazement on a child’s face is priceless, but I also enjoy the look on a parents face when I give a child a present and have my picture taken and refuse to take anything in return.
4. Where do you get the beanie babies? Do you take donations? If so where? All my Beanie babies are donated by wonderful elves around Williamsburg. The people at Artfully Yours Studio (1303 Jamestown Road, #117 Williamsburg, VA 23185 in same shopping plaza as ReStore) have volunteered to act as a collection point for me, or people can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to give beanies.
“Side Car Santa”, will be arriving each Saturday from 10-1, and Sunday 11-1 with his side car elf handing out beanie babies to all the good boys and girls in and around Merchants Square until Christmas Eve.