Support the 30th Annual
“Out of the Cold” Surfing Santa Sock drive!
Every December since 1985, John Fulton the “Surfing Santa” has been raising awareness of homelessness by surfing the icy waters of the Niagara River. Fulton makes the frigid mile long journey on a wind surfer or stand-up paddleboard clad in a specialized cold water “Santa” drysuit. Weather conditions dictate launch location and equipment choice but it’s bon voyage, snow, hail, sleet, rain or shine every December 23!
Made famous by major news sites like CNN and the Globe and Mail, Surfing Santa uses his media exposure to ask the world to find, a shelter, a homeless person, a family in need or any organization helping the less fortunate and to make a donation.
The Surfing Santa www.socksforsanta.com campaign is an event that collects new socks and underwear for the less fortunate in Niagara. Undergarments are not traditionally a donated used clothing item for reasons of hygiene, therefore are the number one clothing item in demand. Shelters are in dire need of warm socks and underwear year round but especially during this cold, harsh winter season.
You can bring new pairs of socks, underwear, gift cards, or cash donations down to Mather’s Arch on the Niagara Parkway in Fort Erie December 23, 2014 between 10am and 2pm for the Surfing Santa “Out Of The Cold Niagara” 30th annual Niagara River Crossing and get your Picture taken with Surfing Santa or you can drop off your donation to one of our partners listed at www.socksforsanta.com
9:00 am Surfing Santa visits Table Rock at Niagara Falls with CHCH TV
10:30 am Santa lifts off from Niagara Helicopters for trip past Falls down river to Fort Erie
11:00 am Surfing arrives via Niagara Helicopters Mather Arch
Media event and pose for pictures with Santa (BYOSS) Bring your own Santa suit.
12:30 pm Down river launch and crossing to USA from break wall south of Peace Bridge
1:30 pm Arrive Bowen Rd. Park
On water support from Niagara Parks Police Marine Unit and US Border Patrol.