LANSING, Mich. — Roger Weyersburg, also known as Santa Claus, normally spends this time of year in Owosso at Michigan's North Pole Express. This year, however, he is navigating his sleigh around COVID-19 and into Williamston United Methodist Church, where families can meet him in an environment comfortable for all.
"Families with disabilities are often more isolated than others, even without the pandemic. But this year especially, services are more limited and often virtual options simply don't work," Rev. Linda Stephan says.
Santa since 2004, Weyersburg graduated from the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Mich. His dedication to his craft is evident, and now he's welcoming families to make an appointment to meet him in a personal setting that isn't too loud, too bright or too rushed.
"There'll be no loud music, Santa's bells will be tucked away unless the child wants to ring them him or herself," Santa explains, "everything will be designed for the child. So it will be the child's visit. It'll be however the child wants to meet Santa— however he or she wants to engage in the environment that the church has to offer."
To make an appointment for either Sunday, Dec. 13 or Tuesday, Dec. 15, please email WUMCSensorySantaClaus@gmail.com. The phone number for Wiliamston United Methodist Church, located at 211 South Putnam St., is (517) 655-2430.
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