Relaying Christmas lists to St. Nicholas is a lot easier, thanks to HMCS Queen and the 38 Signals Regiment’s Operation Radio Santa.
Using the Reserve Force’s equipment, children had the chance to radio up to Santa Claus in the North Pole on Saturday.
Ten-year-old Addy Walker’s been calling Santa for a few years now, she said it’s the best way to let the jolly guy know what she wants under her tree.
This weekend, she asked him for a radio alarm clock, and — based on her recent call with St. Nick — Walker said she’s confident she’ll get it.
“I’ve been really good, and I really need an alarm clock,” said Walker. “I need an alarm because if I sleep in, I’ll be late for school.”
Meanwhile, five-year-old Evie Main called Santa up on behalf of both her and her sister.
“I want a Rapunzel doll … and my sister wants like a kitty that moves,” she told Santa, adding she’s been extra good this year.
According to HMCS Queen’s acting Sub-Lt. Callista Szachury, Operation Radio Santa originated in Germany in 1982 and moved over to Canada shortly after.
She added that having the Reserve Force host a family event like this helps educate civilians about what they do.
“It’s a fantastic way to outreach into the community and let them know (the Reserve Forces) are here,” said Sub-Lt. Szachury. “Plus, it’s a festive time of year to celebrate the season.”
The Reserve Force in Regina has been connecting good boys and girls with Santa on and off for the past decade.