Proud to Serve Those Who Serve Us: Worldwide Partner –U.S. Military
When we set out to create Zuhoo, it was all about using our talents and resources to preserve the cherished and time-honored family tradition of children visiting with Santa. The excitement and anticipation children feel, the magic of that moment, the thrill of talking to the one and only Santa, there’s almost nothing more magical for children around the world.
It became our mission to create a virtual Santa visit that is safe and fun for both families and Santa performers. We had to make sure, even amongst a global pandemic, this tradition would carry on. In a year of unknowns and surprises, little did we know what lay ahead for us. We had no idea that our mission would soon intersect with an even greater mission carried on by the brave men and women of the U.S. Military.
Today we proudly announce our exclusive worldwide partnership with the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) to serve U.S. Military families and communities around the world! Via our partnership with the Exchange, we have the opportunity to serve those who serve us. This may prove to be our greatest achievement this year and the thing that we are most proud of.
When we think of the sacrifice our brave service men and women and their families make every day to preserve our way of life; our values and traditions, we are truly honored they will be using the Zuhoo platform for virtual Santa visits. Zuhoo will be made available at AAFES.com and marketed at over 150 Exchange locations in the US, Europe, Southwest Asia, Africa, and the Pacific.
This past week we had the privilege of introducing Zuhoo to Exchange SBM’s and GM’s around the globe. The feedback and enthusiasm we received warmed our hearts and brought big smiles to our faces. The Exchange is a major employer of military families both here in the US and around the world. 85% of the Exchange’s 35,000 associates are connected to the military, and 45% of the Exchange’s U.S. workforce is made up of Veterans, military spouses and dependents. It is remarkable and encouraging to know we’ll be working alongside so many wonderful people to spread the Spirit of Santa!
The Exchange is a lifetime benefit that provides goods and services to the military community worldwide to an eligible customer base of 38 million with military-exclusive pricing. Zuhoo is thrilled to provide a 20% military discount for all customers of the Exchange. As long as the military customer enters Zuhoo via an Exchange link (or QR code), the discount will be recognized and applied at checkout.
To say this program is being supported by our team would bean understatement, and that includes our community of professional seasonal Santas. Dozens of our Santa and Mrs. Claus performers have enthusiastically volunteered to work around the clock to serve our nation’s military families who live abroad. The vast majority of our Santa & Mrs. Claus performers live in the United States and are willing to stay up late, work overnight, or get up early to serve military families in different time zones around the world.
The Zuhoo virtual Santa experience will bring military families together who are often separated by great distances, and that includes deployed parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, or whomever the host family invites. The entire Zuhoo session will be recorded for a timeless keepsake that can be looked back on over the years or shared with loved ones. Our technology even takes pictures with Santa during the Zuhoo session and places them in a holiday card. At Zuhoo, we are thrilled to serve those who serve us!