ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - Santa Claus, the famed jolly fellow in a red suit, will be making his annual rounds through the streets of Atlantic Highlands with special support by a gaggle of elves from the Atlantic Highlands First Aid and Safety Squad the week of Dec. 5.
Each night, Santa and the Atlantic Highlands First Aid Squad will slowly travel block by block to visit with families, hand out candy canes and celebrate the holiday season throughout the borough. And this year, Santa’s elves will be using digital tools to let folks know exactly where he's at during the tours.
"We live for this week," said Richard Huff, chief of the AHFAS. "For one week, we're all kids, enjoying the season with our friends and neighbors.
"Last season, Captain Tom Hayden completely redesigned our website to include nightly maps of where we were going," Huff added. "This year, he'll do that again and take it a step further by adding real time Twitter updates. It now will be even easier for residents to track Santa for the week.”
Monday through Thursday, Santa and the squad will head out to a specific part of town at 6 p.m. and move until 9 p.m. They'll have holiday music playing, flashing emergency lights and occasionally the sirens. Residents can log onto www.ahfirstaid.org to see where Santa is going each night and follow on twitter (www.twitter.com/ahfirstaid) as Santa's helpers update the location.
“Adding Twitter to the mix will help residents pinpoint our location during the night,” Huff said. “Likewise, using Twitter will also let residents and their children communicate with Santa’s helpers as they make their way through town.”
As they have in the past, members of the AHFAS will be collecting canned goods and nonperishable food items to donate to the Atlantic Highlands Food Pantry.
The AHFAS is an all-volunteer emergency medical and rescue services organization serving the borough of Atlantic Highlands and occasionally the surrounding areas. The squad operates on donations from the borough and the community. For information call the AHFAS non-emergency number (732) 291-8118 or log onto www.ahfirstaid.org.
"This really is a special event," Huff said. "We get to see our neighbors at a great time of year and seeing how the kids experience the interaction is a wonderful experience. And if everyone can donate even one can of food it will go a long way to make the holiday season a better for some of our neighbors.”