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[December 03, 2013] Hosts "Ask Santa" Website to Answer Kids' Toughest St. Nick Questions

SAN FRANCISCO --(Business Wire)--

For the third year in a row, - the largest source for professional expertise online - is hosting a fun, free website where kids can ask anything they've ever wondered about Santa Claus and get an answer direct from the North Pole.

Launching today at and operating through midnight of Christmas Eve, the Ask Santa site provides parents a place to direct their inquisitive kids when they are stumped by tough holiday questions like, "How does Santa make it around the world in one night?" and "What happens if we don't have a chimney?"

Unlike other sites and services that invite kids to submit gift wish-lists,'s Ask Santa is focused solely on satisfying kids' curiosity about life in the North Pole, the logistics of St. Nick's trip around the wold and other holiday quandaries. For every question submitted, will donate $1 to the Gladstone Institutes, up to $20,000, to fund research on cures for juvenile (type 1) diabetes. The Ask Santa site is staffed with company employees who take turns playing Santa by answering questions.

Some of the most popular questions children asked Santa last year include:

  • How do you do everything in one night?
  • Can you still visit me if we don't have a fireplace?
  • Santa, why do you wear red?
  • How do reindeer fly?

"What we find heart-warming about our annual Ask Santa site is that it focuses on the fascination children have with Santa Claus and the holiday season, rather than on gifts and the 'what do you want from Santa' routine," said Andy Kurtzig, CEO of "It's also a great way to reinforce our company mission, which is to help people and change lives, by tying the questions to a charitable donation. It's a great light-hearted opportunity to interact with kids and their parents."

About is the largest source for professional expertise online, providing access to 10,000 professionals in 700 fields, including doctors, lawyers, veterinarians, auto mechanics and tech specialists. Professionals provide quick and affordable answers to just about any question, anytime and from anywhere. The professionals on are not employees, contractors or agents of but rather independent professionals who use the site to communicate with customers. Founded in 2003, and based in San Francisco, the privately held company operates in 196 countries and 22 currencies. The mission of the company is simple and motivating - to help people. To learn more, please visit, and follow us at

About the Gladstone Institutes

Gladstone is an independent and nonprofit biomedical-research organization dedicated to accelerating the pace of scientific discovery and innovation to prevent, treat and cure cardiovascular, viral and neurological diseases. Gladstone is affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco.

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