Operation Santa Claus kicks off Alaska's holiday season
By Maj. Guy Hayes
CAMP CARROLL, Alaska (10/15/09) -- The holidays got a jump start Oct. 14, when elves started preparing for the 2009 Operation Santa Claus season at the annual gift wrapping party.
Operation Santa Claus visits several villages and hundreds of children each holiday season, and the wrapping party is a way to get everyone in the holiday spirit while getting all those presents prepared to leave the workshop.
This year marks the 53rd anniversary of Operation Santa Claus, an Alaska National Guard program that delivers school supplies, presents, and Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus to rural villages across the state.