The Salvation Army red kettle is a staple of the holiday season, and so is the bell ringer beside it. But this holiday season an unusual, four-hoofed friend is hoping to remind shoppers what Christmas is really about. Fox 25/48’s Jessica Bringe has the story from Lake Wissota.
Schindler: “I was kind of getting bowled over by the holidays. I think everybody does. Everybody is racing to catch and do their shopping. And parents are probably stressed out.”
But one festive miniature horse is helping out. This is Mocha is slowing down the hustle and bustle and reminding last minute shoppers of the spirit of Christmas.
Schindler: “Loved the smile on the parents face, I loved the smiles on the kids’ faces.”
For the first time, Mocha and owner Holly are ringing in the holidays with the Salvation Army at Gordy’s Market locations. Giving back in more ways than one.
Schindler: “I had one mom that said, thank you. My daughter will remember this for the rest of her life that she whispered into Mocha the elf’s ears about her Christmas gift.”
Not only is Mocha bringing the holiday spirit but he’s a bit of unorthodox Santa. Schindler swears if you whisper right into his ear it will go directly to the big guy in the red suit.
Matt Selvig of Gordy’s Market: “This awesome I love it. You hear a lot about elves during Christmas but now we get an elf miniature horse.”
Mocha even trying his muzzle at being Santa’s helper.
Schindler: “I think Mocha and I might do it again.”
As for Schindler celebrating her birthday on Christmas Eve and named Holly, after the holiday.
Schindler: “This is actually a birthday present for myself and I am loving it.”
There is no better present than the feeling of Christmas.
Schindler: “We wanted to wish everyone a merry Christmas and I thought this was a pretty good way to do it.”