Panama City, FL –
BAY COUNTY Florida (WMBB) – For 365 days a year, the North American Aerospace Defense Command or NORAD controls and protects aerospace through satellites, but they do more than that on Christmas Eve.
The army helps St. Nick deliver toys. Members of Tyndall AFB and NORAD helps track Santa Claus.
“The children of the world are being made aware of the whereabouts of Santa Claus,” said Santa himself at the Bay County Chamber’s First Friday event.
Children from 200 different countries have followed the Big Man in Red on Christmas Eve for decades. It all started with the mistake of printing a telephone number in a SEARS catalog. NORAD Headquarters received many calls from children asking for Santa Claus. So now they spend one day a year helping to follow Santa.
“So we have volunteers in Colorado Springs at NORAD headquarters to answer the phone calls.
Joyce is based in Tyndall, he said it is NORAD’s responsibility to control the skies at all times. But at Christmas, they love to help spread the holiday spirit.
“From Christmas Eve very early in the morning, you will be able to call 1877-HI-NORAD,” Joyce said.
Santa himself says he thanks NORAD and the military for the work they are doing.
“It really makes me feel good that the kids are trying to follow me and get a feel for when I’ll be home,” said Santa.
The “Norad Santa Tracks” website is officially operational. You can find the NORAD Santa tracker online or you can call them at 1877-hi-NORAD.
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