Operation Santa Claus underway at Fort Riley

Christmas may be seven weeks away but they’re already getting into the holiday spirit at Fort Riley.
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That was volunteer Juan R Pena talking about the 34th annual Operation Santa Claus which is now officially underway following Monday’s opening ceremony and ribbon cutting.

Santa Claus himself appeared during Monday’s ribbon cutting at Fort Riley. Hailey McClellan/KMAN News

Volunteers have begun taking donations of gifts or money to help make Christmas a little brighter for kids and their families by providing gifts for local children of active-duty service members during the holiday season. The donation event kicked of with a speech from Fort Riley Garrison Commander Colonel Stephen Shrader, who said it was an honor to be a part of this event.


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The head elf, Sgt. 1st Class Ferguson, who is in charge of getting the gifts from the donation boxes to the families says they have been working since October and will be opening the doors for more volunteers.
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To learn more about how to donate or volunteer you visit Operation Santa Claus – Fort Riley, KS on Facebook.

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