After 9/11, the Spirit of Liberty Foundation created Operation Christmas Miracle Believe in Santa Tour to lift the spirits of our Armed Forces. Santa visited our wounded in combat returning from Iraq in major military hospitals to bring them the magic and spirit of Christmas that they would not have otherwise enjoyed. We visited over 12,000 wounded in combat.
Soon after the first year’s visits, the Foundation was asked to expand the Operation Christmas Miracle – Believe in Santa Tour to visit our troops at military bases from coast to coast including visiting Norad, the most secure air force base in North America. The visits were so successful in raising the spirits of our troops, that the Four-Star General in command of our forces in Iraq asked to bring Santa.
Because it was a war zone, Macy’s would no longer provide their Santa, so we created our own and named him America’s Santa™ with a special Santa camouflage suit with white fur. We have visited troops in war zones in Afghanistan as well as bases in Europe, the Middle East, the Pacific and even Guantanamo Bay bringing the magic and spirit of Christmas to over 250,000 members of our Armed Forces.
On these visits America’s Santa has carried personal holiday cards and messages from Members of Congress, Governors Hilary Clinton and John McCain.