NEW ALBANY, IN (WAVE) - A southern Indiana Santa's helper is getting an early jump on Christmas this year in a big way. He's about to fly his reindeer to the Big Apple.
Everyone knows Santa lives at the North Pole, but I caught up with the jolly fellow in New Albany. While he's known worldwide, this Santa is now getting some national attention.
When you call Santa Jerry Owens you'll hear, "Ho! Ho! Ho! You've reached Santa Claus. How can I help you? I hope you've been good."
The 62-year-old Louisville native has been helping the real Santa Claus for nearly a quarter century. Just check his LinkedIn account and you'll see it's more than just a hobby. Frankly, it's more than a job - Santa Jerry says it's a lifestyle commitment.
"You cannot come out of the character Santa because no matter where you go there's a child somewhere that's going to say, 'Mommy, there's Santa Claus," said Owens.