All he needs is a helicopter, and a few good pilots to fly him to his destination.
On Black Friday, Santa landed in the Harper Square parking lot in front of Gingers -- much to the delight of the large crowd on-hand.
Ginger's owner, Ginger Stockton, says this is the third year Santa has been the passenger of a helicopter and been delivered to her store.
“Three years ago we decided we wanted to bring Santa here in grand style,” Stockton said. “We coordinated this with the hospital wing out of Selmer, and they have volunteered to bring him in here each year. When he gets here, he goes around to all the kids waving and then comes into the store for photos.”
Stockton said this was just her way of adding another tradition to the Christmas season and making it fun.
“Parents around here really enjoy brining their kids out and kicking off the holiday spirit by watching Santa fly in riding in a helicopter,” said Stockton. “We knew this would be some added excitement, and it was.”
Stockton has found much success in her efforts to make Gingers a “fun place to shop,” and she feels like this is just another addition to that motto.
“This is just something extra I like to do for the community,” Ginger said. “I love watching people smile. Seeing these kids happy is just precious.”
The store has a mini theater area for children movie watching and a castle playhouse to keep the children entertained while moms shop. Adding Santa to the mix just makes it that much more easier entertaining the kids.
“If the kids are preoccupied, then the parents can shop,” Stockton said. I hope we can continue to do this every year. We definitely want to thank our pilots and everyone who came out to show their support.”