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Operation Santa Claus visited Kake Nov. 14 in the 57th year of the event. Operation Santa Claus is part of the Alaska National Guard’s yearly community relations and support program that provides toys, clothing, books, school supplies, fresh fruit and sundaes to youngsters in communities across the state. This year’s events will bring Santa, Mrs. Claus and a team of elves to these villages on a variety of Santa’s sleighs – an Alaska Air National Guard C-130, an Alaska Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter or an Alaska Army National Guard C-23 Sherpa. Operation Santa Claus will be traveling to three communities this year: Kake, Kwethluk and St. George Island. Soundbite from Evelyn Willburn, Kake School principal


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This work, Operation Santa Claus visits Kake, by SGT Balinda O'Neal, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:11.14.2013

Date Posted:11.20.2013 5:32PM

Category:Interviews

Video ID:308915

VIRIN:131114-Z-CA180-002

Filename:DOD_100959156

Length:00:01:24

Location:KAKE, AK, USGlobe

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Operation Santa Claus visited Kake Nov. 14 in the 57th year of the event. Operation Santa Claus is part of the Alaska National Guard’s yearly community relations and support program that provides toys, clothing, books, school supplies, fresh fruit and sundaes to youngsters in communities across the state. This year’s events will bring Santa, Mrs. Claus and a team of elves to these villages on a variety of Santa’s sleighs – an Alaska Air National Guard C-130, an Alaska Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter or an Alaska Army National Guard C-23 Sherpa. Operation Santa Claus will be traveling to three communities this year: Kake, Kwethluk and St. George Island. Available in High Definition.
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Operation Santa Claus will be traveling to four communities this year: Northway Nov. 27, Venetie Dec. 1, Atmautluak Dec. 13 and Mekoryuk Dec. 17. 

This year’s events will bring Santa, Mrs. Claus and a team of elves to these villages on a variety of Santa’s sleighs – an Alaska Air National Guard C¬130, an Alaska Army National Guard UH¬60 Black Hawk helicopter or an Alaska Army National Guard C¬23 Sherpa. 

HOW IT ALL BEGAN…The Alaska Air National Guard originally started Operation Santa Claus in 1956 as a result of a request from St. Mary’s Mission for toys for their children. Spring floods denied a fishing season that year, and the drought that followed eliminated the big game. Every bit of money the Mission had was used to pay for food to be shipped in, so it appeared there was no money to buy gifts for the children for Christmas that year. 

So, Guardsmen would accept new or used toys, in those days, from members of the Anchorage community. In turn, they’d rehab used toys, then hand them over to Santa Claus for delivery aboard an Air Guard C¬123J Provider. 

Throughout the years, as time and social conditions in rural Alaska changed, other villages, schools and groups have invited Operation Santa Claus to their communities. Literally, tens of thousands of Alaska’s children and adults have been on the receiving end of St. Nick’s good cheer. Available in high definition.
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