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The local nonprofit organization will have two-day event in December, proceeds will support local students.

PMG FILE PHOTO - The Kiwanis Club of Lake Oswego is organizing a virtual Santa visit this year.The holidays are quickly approaching and for those who celebrate Christmas, that means a visit from Santa — though most visits will be made virtual or at least from a distance this year.

The Kiwanis Club of Lake Oswego — a nonprofit organization that focuses on serving youth and their families — is organizing a virtual visit with Santa this year.

Children and their families can sign up for a 10-minute, one-on-one virtual meet with Santa Saturday, Dec. 5 or Sunday, Dec. 6.

"Proceeds generated from the fundraiser will be used to support youth programs for underserved children at River Grove and Oak Creek elementary schools and a handful of homeless students within the Lake Oswego School District," read a press release sent by the local Kiwanis club.

Joyce Handa, Kiwanis Club of Lake Oswego president, said she was brainstorming with other members of the club to determine how they could support disadvantaged students in Lake Oswego while still social distancing and following COVID-19 protocol.

"Eventually the conversation led to a virtual fundraiser to help ease children's concerns that Santa might forget them this year," Handa said. "It has been an incredibly difficult year for students and their families. With Governor Brown's recent statewide freeze, restricting social gathering and limiting group activities, we wanted to provide a little bit of normalcy back into the lives of young children during this holiday season."

To sign up for a visit with Santa, visit the Kiwanis' website. The visits will be reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis and will cost $20. A video recording of the visit will be provided to the family via email.

For questions about the event or to donate funds to sponsor a child to visit with Santa, email Handa at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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