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Help Santa: Annual Christmas charity enters its 61st season

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Posted: Monday, November 26, 2012 11:56 pm | Updated: 4:15 pm, Fri Jan 25, 2013.

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner editorial

Fairbanks residents passing by the Daily News-Miner might have noticed the “for sale” sign on the old railroad depot where the newspaper has based its annual holiday charity, Santa’s Clearing House, for many years. The building is indeed for sale, but otherwise nothing has changed. The annual charity is occupying the space once again — and it could use the community’s help more than ever.

Santa’s Clearing House opened Monday for its 61st season. The charity strives to provide cheer for hundreds of Fairbanks residents who are down on their luck by giving them holiday meals, as well as gifts for children.

The office will be open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, starting Dec. 1. The phone number is 457-1934.

Volunteers are needed to help with the sorting and delivery of gifts. Donations are needed to help pay the bills.

Last year, the grocery bill came to $60,000. Any money that remains will support victims of home fires throughout the year. Please direct donations to: Santa’s Clearing House, Box 70710, Fairbanks, AK 99707.

Santa’s success has only been possible all these years because of the generosity of the people of Fairbanks. They provide the time, the gifts and the financial support. The Daily News-Miner provides administrative support and arranges for the space, but it is a community effort — a truly heartwarming annual effort. Let’s make it happen again.

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