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Fort Wainwright troops deliver bounty of toys to Santa's Clearing House

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Posted: Saturday, December 8, 2012 12:00 am

FAIRBANKS — Santa’s elves wore camouflage Friday while delivering 1,027 children’s toys to Santa’s Clearing House. Then, the members of Fort Wainwright’s 1-24 Infantry unit voluntarily stayed on to sort, according to age groups, the shipping container full of toys they collected and donated.

Cpl. Josh Salas instigated the toy drive on post by challenging the other companies in the unit to donate toys. “I’m big on volunteering. I like to give back to the community,” Salas said.

The clearinghouse will accept referrals for families in need with children until 5:30 p.m. today. Call 457-1934 with families’ addresses and ages and gender of the children. Families also will receive a week’s supply of food along with toys and gifts for the children.

Monday is the final day for toy and gift donations for children ages infant to 17.

Gifts for young children, newborns to 2, still are needed. Suggestions are infant layettes, soft toys, rattles, books, building blocks and balls.

Santa’s Clearing House is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Monetary donations may be dropped off at the clearinghouse to help pay the grocery bill; mailed to Santa’s Clearing House, Box 70710, Fairbanks, AK 99707; or donated via a credit card during business hours at the News-Miner.

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