WALLINGFORD — Children of all ages will have the opportunity to talk to Santa Saturday at the “Radio to North Pole — Talk to Santa” event, scheduled to be held at the former Yalesville firehouse.
The “Talk to Santa” event will be hosted by the Wallingford Amateur Radio Group and sponsored by the Wallingford Health Department, Youth and Social Services, and Master’s Manna food pantry. The Saturday event will run from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Representatives from Master’s Manna will be present to collect non-perishable food items from attendees that wish to donate.
Deputy Director of Emergency Management Len Guercia said the event is a joint effort by the Wallingford Amateur Radio Group, a team of ham operators, fire crews, emergency services and the communications team.
“It’s more about getting a good service for children and food donations for Master’s Manna,” Guercia said.
The former Yalesville firehouse, located at 143 Hope Hill Road, will have a ham radio system set up in a trailer for children to talk to Santa. The idea came from an event done by a similar radio group in Milford. Guercia said it will be a “family fun event” which will feature a “touch a truck” fire truck, a craft-making area, snacks and hot chocolate.
Each person participating will register and receive a ticket number. Children will have access to the radio room and see how it works. In the general reception area, snacks and activities will be provided while children wait for their number to be called. A radio trailer will be used to allow them to have a one-on-one conversation with Santa. Afterward, children will get a certificate saying that they spoke with Santa.
Wallingford Health Director Stephen Civitelli said guests will learn more about the emergency response team and other departments while engaging in the holiday activity.
“It gives us an opportunity to let people know what services we offer,” Civitelli said.