Many parents of young children will tell you this is a challenging time with children are out of school and events, sports and birthday parties canceled. But one man with a familiar face wants to help lift kids' spirits.
Santa is making the most of his time during the stay-home order by spreading some Christmas joy, even in the spring. Santa's workshop has become more like his call center, where he has about 10 scheduled video chats a day.
"I get calls from California, Nebraska, Florida, New York City, of course," St. Nick said. "I started this because I knew they are upset missing school, missing their friends and just thought I'd reach out to them, see what they're doing make sure everybody is safe."
The Swift family in Annapolis appreciates a little Christmas magic during a time that feels like a different holiday.
"It has been Groundhog Day," Allison Swift said.
Santa said parents offer to pay him for the call. He said he appreciates that, but has a suggestion instead that will help get you on the nice list.
"I told them go ahead and give it to the local food bank or charity of your choice. This is my gift to the children," Santa said.
Santa's not sure how long the video chats will go on, but for now, he has the time and essential employees who help.
"The elves are busy making the toys. They don’t need the supervision," he said.