“It’s as popular as it’s ever been,” said Robin Nadler of the Blue Springs Women’s Civic Club. “People outside Blue Springs want us to include them, but we have to draw the line.”

An amazing project keeps on getting more amazing.

The Operation Saint Nick Project entered its...well, it’s hard to know, really. A long time. A very long time perhaps.

“It’s as popular as it’s ever been,” said Robin Nadler of the Blue Springs Women’s Civic Club. “People outside Blue Springs want us to include them, but we have to draw the line.”

Each year on Christmas Eve, as many as 10 local men dressed as Santa Claus meet at the Blue Springs Police Department. From there, they are chauffeured around to various points in the city, knocking on doors of homes and pushing inside, brushing snow off their uniforms, passing out presents that are left on the doorstep.

The lucky homes are chosen after monetary donations are sent to the women’s group. The donations are used to pay for events like Vesper Hall Christmas and scholarships.

“Without the money, we couldn’t have many of the programs we do,” Nadler said.

Approximately 56 homes were visited Christmas Eve, Nadler said. While the number of homes is fewer this year, donations have increased.

“It balanced out,” she said.

Each Santa Claus visits as many as 10 homes, surprising both children and adults. Nadler said it’s cute to watch each Santa Claus approach the house, peek in through a window, and enter in through the side door, carrying with them a present or presents left on the stoop.

“It’s an amazing little project,” she said. “It’s great to see the children’s faces.”

Even more amazing is getting men who have families of their own to dress like Santa Claus and visit homes.

“Well, it’s not as hard as you think,” she said. “A lot of the guys want to give back, and it doesn’t go too late. They have time to get back to their own families.”