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My name is Santa Jim Nardi and I started my career as Santa Claus after 9-11-01 left a strong desire to give something back.

 At first I struggled with “what do I have to offer?”  Then, with the Christmas season fast approaching, and several years of being asked if I was Santa, it came to me.

My love for children and animals led me to donate my time to various charities playing Santa.

I started out the first couple of years by standing at the top of the Bergen Sport Cycles parking lot in Lodi, NJ, waving and ringing my bell to the traffic zooming by on Rt. 46. Also one or two days during the Christmas Season they offered photos with Santa and collected gifts for “Shelter Our Sisters” and  “The Marines Toys for Tots Foundation”. I have added the following charitable venues:

  • http://straightandnarrowinc.org/lavida.php in Paterson, NJ visiting with 225 — 3 and 4 year old children — 2003 to 2015
  • http://franklinlakesanimalhospital.com/ in Franklin Lakes, NJ for pet and family photos with Santa for donations to various pet organizations including “Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge, Inc.” — 2004 to 2015
  • http://www.hopeandsafetynj.org/ in Hackensack, NJ for photos and gift distribution to the families of Shelter Our Sisters — safety, strength and hope for victims of domestic violence — 2009 to 2014
  • http://oasisnj.org/ in Paterson, NJ for their after school and preschool programs as Summer Santa and Santa Claus — 2010 to 2015
  • http://www.valleyhealth.com/ValleyHomeCare_Default.aspx in Ridgewood, NJ Valley Home Care and Valley Hospice which are part of the Valley Health Systems.  — 2010 & 2014
  • http://www.arthritis.org/jingle-bell-run.php in Purchase, NY, Battery Park, NY, Riverside Park, NY, Livingston, NJ & Jersey City, NJ Jingle Bell Run/Walk is a fun and festive way to kick off the holidays with family, friends and coworkers. Form a team, raise funds and organize your very own holiday-themed costumes. Then tie jingle bells to your shoelaces, and complete a 5 kilometer route. — 2011 to 2015
  • http://www.santaamerica.org/santa-services/military-support-services/ in Daphne, AL Santa America is a national volunteer service organization with a very special mission.  Santa Claus visits when a child or family needs him — twelve months a year — bringing love, hope and joy to special needs children in a loving visit of about an hour at home, hospital or hospice. — 2010, 2012 to 2014
  • http://www.usma.edu/ West Point, NY Trees for Troops 70 Christmas trees donated by local farmers to the West Point Community. Unit Christmas parties — 2011 & 2012
  • http://www.englewoodhospital.com/home.cfm in Englewood, NJ for handing out gifts at the clinic along with visits to the children ward, posed for pictures with “The Marines Toys for Tots Foundation”. — 2005 to 2011
  • http://oasisnj.org/ in Paterson, NJ for their after school program working with Janine Martel Photography for Help Portrait http://help-potrait.com/— 2009
  • http://www.cars4christmas.org/ in Belton, MO participated in presenting as Santa Claus donated cars to veterans — 2007

I’ve joined various Santa associations including “International Brotherhood Real Bearded Santas”, “The Red Suit Society” and “Santa America” and have graduated from the “International University of Santa Claus”.  Santa Jim has studied  “Behind The Red Suit”,  “Becoming Santa” and “Discover Santa”. I will continue my educational process to improve my skills as a “Professional Santa”.

Santa Jim carries a general commercial liability insurance and has a third party run a comprehensive annual background check.

 

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