Santa's helpers in Fairbanks get busy

Posted: Sunday, December 22, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Santa's Clearing House in Fairbanks, an annual Christmas charity run by the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, is doing a bustling business.

The center has received more than $50,000 in donations, including $49.40 cents from a class of second graders.

Coordinator Barbara Carter said Saturday a number of vehicles had been donated for the day by the Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. Alyeska and Houston/NANA also provided many of the volunteers. But much of the effort this year as coming from the general public.

A double-file line of SUVs, pickups, vans, cars and even a moving van stretched more than 15-deep through the parking lot as volunteers loaded the cargo and gave the drivers directions to recipients' homes.

Each family got three boxes of food, including an assortment of essentials like milk, eggs, sugar and potatoes, as well as holiday specialties such as pumpkin pie and frozen turkeys. Families with kids also received bags full of toys, sorted by age.

''It has been a great turnout,'' Carter said of Saturday's delivery effort, the culmination of the charity's annual work.

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