Skate with Santa a fundraiser for Kansas Food Bank

12/22/2012 5:00 PM

12/22/2012 5:01 PM

You probably already knew that Santa’s got skills.

He can slide down chimneys, for goodness sake. But on Saturday, dozens of children and a fair number of adults learned that he — in this case, she — can slide on ice, too.

Santa Claus took to the ice Saturday at the Wichita Ice Center for a fundraiser for the Kansas Food Bank. Santa helped wee ones skate around the rink and took pictures with them.

For Penny Nordin, the special day with Santa was a way to keep 4-year-old Lukas entertained.

The Nordins are in town from Atlanta. Penny Nordin said her family is adopting a baby who is in the neonatal intensive care unit at a Wichita hospital. The family has been in Wichita for three weeks.

“We’ve found lots of fun things in Wichita to do,” Penny Nordin said.

The family has been to Illuminations at Botanica and to The Arc’s Lights on St. Paul.

Lukas has tallied up several Santa sightings since arriving in Kansas.

He said he was eager to learn how to skate better. He didn’t realize that Santa Claus skated, he said.

Lukas was excited to get his picture taken with Thunder Dog, the Wichita Thunder hockey team’s mascot.

Skating was a first for 3-year-old Gavin Williams.

Wearing Spiderman gloves to keep his hands warm, Gavin shook his head “yes” when asked if he was excited to see Santa.

His father, Raymond Williams, smiled as Gavin strapped on a helmet and put on his skates.

Jeff and Brenda Conrad and their children, 10-year-old Abby and 12-year-old Nolan, skate a few times a year.

They brought canned goods for the food bank to offset the cost of admission Saturday.

The family skated about 90 minutes — “till I fell,” Brenda Conrad said.

Nolan quickly noticed that Skating Santa was a female — equal opportunity for Santa, apparently.

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