December 17th, 2018

To Whom It May Concern:

I couldn’t be happier to recommend my close personal friends, Robert, and Carol Hildreth, otherwise known as Santa and Mrs. Claus.  I have had the pleasure of working with Robert and Carol for the past three years and can confidently say that they are absolutely the most kind and caring people to work with.

Robert and Carol have assisted the Elgin Police Department Animal Control Unit with our annual “Pet Photos with Santa” event since 2016.  Robert and Carol have volunteered their time each year to sit and meet with pets from around the Elgin area, without any request for compensation or recognition.  Robert and Carol truly embrace the rolls as Santa and Mrs. Claus as they are patient and loving with the pets, but also take time out to talk to each child that comes in for photos with their families.

Ever since we first met, Robert and Carol’s incredible friendliness and interpersonal skills have always impressed me. They truly embrace the magic of the season, from their tailored costumes to the custom wooden coins they hand out to the children.  More importantly, everyone who interacts with Robert and Carol are always blown away by their selfless, kind, and warm-hearted nature, making it very easy to believe in Santa once again.

It is truly a privilege and an honor to have worked with Robert and Carol, and I look forward to working them in the future.  I wholeheartedly recommend their services to anyone looking for a Santa and Mrs. Claus and assure you that their commitment to their characters are without a doubt the best I have seen.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.


Matthew S. Ciesielczyk
Animal Control Officer
Elgin Police Department