Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Coast Guard Flies Santa To Villages In Alaska
KODIAK, Alaska - Santa Clause, otherwise known as Coast Guard Commander Scott Williams, presents gifts and candy to students inside the Larson Bay School Thursday afternoon.
Santa was brought to Larson Bay by a Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Kodiak as part of the annual Santa to the Villages program.
Each child was given a candy cane and a wrapped present. Hats, gloves and scarves were given to the younger children.
Santa to the Villages is sponsored by the Coast Guard Officer's Spouses Association as a way to allow the children of remote villages around Kodiak Island to experience the joy of meeting Santa and receive a gift from him.
The Coast Guard has been transporting Santa by boat and helicopter to the remote villages of Kodiak Island for more than thirty years.