If you can’t go inside a Boise hospital to visit children, what’s Santa to do?

Santa at St. Luke's Children's Hospital
Santa visits St. Luke's Children's Hospital
Posted at 7:25 PM, Dec 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-16 21:25:34-05

This article was originally published by Katherine Jones in the Idaho Statesman.

Santa always has a bunch of challenges in order to visit all the kids he needs to see, and this year is no different. Normally, he makes an early appearance at St. Luke’s Children Hospital, but visitors are limited because of coronavirus — and that does not exempt Mr. Claus.

Not to worry. On Wednesday morning in the fog, Santa climbed atop a Boise Fire Department ladder truck and, modeling coronavirus safety protocols — wearing a mask, outside and from a distance — Santa was able to bring holiday cheer to young patients and staff.

Nearly 30 children inside their rooms and on the pedestrian overpass waved in return. The fire truck circled the hospital several times to be sure to catch everyone, including random passers-by and drivers.