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In Search Of A Black Santa? Now There’s An App For That

By Parker Diakite

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Parents looking for a Black Santa will now be able to find one, thanks to an app created by a Black mom.

Jihan Woods, who is in the medical field by trade, created the app after struggling to find a Santa that resembled her twin sons.

Studies show that children with a positive attitude about their racial identity tend to do better in school are less likely to engage in risky behavior, as reported in CBS News.

In just 30 days, the Dallas psychiatrist raised more than $5,000 through a Kickstarter campaign and created the “Find Black Santa” app.

“I really wanted my children to see a Santa Claus that looks like them. It’s important to me that they experience diversity in all aspects of their lives, Santa included,” Woods, a psychiatrist, states on the website devoted to the free app. 

The free app lists Black Santas in 35 states and Washington, D.C.

“The turnout is incredible — there are so few options as it relates to the availability of having an African-American Santa,” Terry Lipsey Scott, executive director of the Dr. G. Woodson African American Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida told CBS News.

According to Scott, some parents drive hours to have their children photographed with a Black St. Nick.

“That self-esteem element even in the holiday season is so important,” Scott stated.

The app is available in the App Store and Google Play. 

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