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Photos: Operation Santa Claus program ready to deliver

  • Two curvy lines of volunteers and New Hampshire National Guard members pass packages to each other from a pile in the warehouse on Stickney Road to a National Guard truck bound for Rochester on Thursday morning, December 13, 2012. <br/> <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor Staff)

    Two curvy lines of volunteers and New Hampshire National Guard members pass packages to each other from a pile in the warehouse on Stickney Road to a National Guard truck bound for Rochester on Thursday morning, December 13, 2012.


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  • Volunteers work together to tape any tears in the bags that hold two boxes of gifts  for underprivileged children. Two boxes are provided: one with necessities, like clothing and the other with desired extras, like toys. Over 2500 children in the state have gifts coming their way thanks to Operation Santa Claus, the annual program run by current and retired members of the State Employees' Association Local 1984. The program is in its 52nd year. Department of Health and Human Services case workers from around the state help identify the children in need and volunteers secure matching sponsors and donations for the children. Sponsors can be individuals, organizations or companies. A group from Bishop Brady School was able to sponsor 140 youths this year. Deliveries are helped by the New Hampshire National Guard who joins the operation every year to help pack and transport the gifts to their respective locations, from Nashua to Berlin and Keene to Portsmouth. "It's really a sight to see all these people get together to get presents to the kids," said Linda Farrell, the chairperson for the Operation Santa committee. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor Staff)

    Volunteers work together to tape any tears in the bags that hold two boxes of gifts for underprivileged children. Two boxes are provided: one with necessities, like clothing and the other with desired extras, like toys. Over 2500 children in the state have gifts coming their way thanks to Operation Santa Claus, the annual program run by current and retired members of the State Employees' Association Local 1984. The program is in its 52nd year. Department of Health and Human Services case workers from around the state help identify the children in need and volunteers secure matching sponsors and donations for the children. Sponsors can be individuals, organizations or companies. A group from Bishop Brady School was able to sponsor 140 youths this year. Deliveries are helped by the New Hampshire National Guard who joins the operation every year to help pack and transport the gifts to their respective locations, from Nashua to Berlin and Keene to Portsmouth. "It's really a sight to see all these people get together to get presents to the kids," said Linda Farrell, the chairperson for the Operation Santa committee.

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  • Over 2500 children in the state have gifts coming their way thanks to Operation Santa Claus, the annual program run by current and retired members of the State Employees' Association Local 1984. The program is in its 52nd year. Department of Health and Human Services case workers from around the state help identify the children in need and volunteers secure matching sponsors and donations for the children. Two boxes are provided: one with necessities, like clothing and the other with desired extras, like toys. Sponsors can be individuals, organizations or companies. A group from Bishop Brady School was able to sponsor 140 youths this year. Deliveries are helped by the New Hampshire National Guard who joins the operation every year to help pack and transport the gifts to their respective locations, from Nashua to Berlin and Keene to Portsmouth. "It's really a sight to see all these people get together to get presents to the kids," said Linda Farrell, the chairperson for the Operation Santa committee. <br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor Staff)

    Over 2500 children in the state have gifts coming their way thanks to Operation Santa Claus, the annual program run by current and retired members of the State Employees' Association Local 1984. The program is in its 52nd year. Department of Health and Human Services case workers from around the state help identify the children in need and volunteers secure matching sponsors and donations for the children. Two boxes are provided: one with necessities, like clothing and the other with desired extras, like toys. Sponsors can be individuals, organizations or companies. A group from Bishop Brady School was able to sponsor 140 youths this year. Deliveries are helped by the New Hampshire National Guard who joins the operation every year to help pack and transport the gifts to their respective locations, from Nashua to Berlin and Keene to Portsmouth. "It's really a sight to see all these people get together to get presents to the kids," said Linda Farrell, the chairperson for the Operation Santa committee.
    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor Staff) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • Wendy Spinski, center, helps move bags down the line on Thursday morning, December 13, 2012. Over 2500 children in the state have gifts coming their way thanks to Operation Santa Claus, the annual program run by current and retired members of the State Employees' Association Local 1984. The program is in its 52nd year. Department of Health and Human Services case workers from around the state help identify the children in need and volunteers secure matching sponsors and donations for the children. Two boxes are provided: one with necessities, like clothing and the other with desired extras, like toys. Sponsors can be individuals, organizations or companies. A group from Bishop Brady School was able to sponsor 140 youths this year. Deliveries are helped by the New Hampshire National Guard who joins the operation every year to help pack and transport the gifts to their respective locations, from Nashua to Berlin and Keene to Portsmouth. "It's really a sight to see all these people get together to get presents to the kids," said Linda Farrell, the chairperson for the Operation Santa committee. <br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor Staff)

    Wendy Spinski, center, helps move bags down the line on Thursday morning, December 13, 2012. Over 2500 children in the state have gifts coming their way thanks to Operation Santa Claus, the annual program run by current and retired members of the State Employees' Association Local 1984. The program is in its 52nd year. Department of Health and Human Services case workers from around the state help identify the children in need and volunteers secure matching sponsors and donations for the children. Two boxes are provided: one with necessities, like clothing and the other with desired extras, like toys. Sponsors can be individuals, organizations or companies. A group from Bishop Brady School was able to sponsor 140 youths this year. Deliveries are helped by the New Hampshire National Guard who joins the operation every year to help pack and transport the gifts to their respective locations, from Nashua to Berlin and Keene to Portsmouth. "It's really a sight to see all these people get together to get presents to the kids," said Linda Farrell, the chairperson for the Operation Santa committee.
    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor Staff) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • Tech Sergeant Cynthia Carter helps move bags down the line towards one of the trucks taking toys to the Nashua area on Thursday morning, December 13, 2012. <br/> <br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor Staff)

    Tech Sergeant Cynthia Carter helps move bags down the line towards one of the trucks taking toys to the Nashua area on Thursday morning, December 13, 2012.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor Staff) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • Two curvy lines of volunteers and New Hampshire National Guard members pass packages to each other from a pile in the warehouse on Stickney Road to a National Guard truck bound for Rochester on Thursday morning, December 13, 2012. <br/> <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor Staff)
  • Volunteers work together to tape any tears in the bags that hold two boxes of gifts  for underprivileged children. Two boxes are provided: one with necessities, like clothing and the other with desired extras, like toys. Over 2500 children in the state have gifts coming their way thanks to Operation Santa Claus, the annual program run by current and retired members of the State Employees' Association Local 1984. The program is in its 52nd year. Department of Health and Human Services case workers from around the state help identify the children in need and volunteers secure matching sponsors and donations for the children. Sponsors can be individuals, organizations or companies. A group from Bishop Brady School was able to sponsor 140 youths this year. Deliveries are helped by the New Hampshire National Guard who joins the operation every year to help pack and transport the gifts to their respective locations, from Nashua to Berlin and Keene to Portsmouth. "It's really a sight to see all these people get together to get presents to the kids," said Linda Farrell, the chairperson for the Operation Santa committee. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor Staff)
  • Over 2500 children in the state have gifts coming their way thanks to Operation Santa Claus, the annual program run by current and retired members of the State Employees' Association Local 1984. The program is in its 52nd year. Department of Health and Human Services case workers from around the state help identify the children in need and volunteers secure matching sponsors and donations for the children. Two boxes are provided: one with necessities, like clothing and the other with desired extras, like toys. Sponsors can be individuals, organizations or companies. A group from Bishop Brady School was able to sponsor 140 youths this year. Deliveries are helped by the New Hampshire National Guard who joins the operation every year to help pack and transport the gifts to their respective locations, from Nashua to Berlin and Keene to Portsmouth. "It's really a sight to see all these people get together to get presents to the kids," said Linda Farrell, the chairperson for the Operation Santa committee. <br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor Staff)
  • Wendy Spinski, center, helps move bags down the line on Thursday morning, December 13, 2012. Over 2500 children in the state have gifts coming their way thanks to Operation Santa Claus, the annual program run by current and retired members of the State Employees' Association Local 1984. The program is in its 52nd year. Department of Health and Human Services case workers from around the state help identify the children in need and volunteers secure matching sponsors and donations for the children. Two boxes are provided: one with necessities, like clothing and the other with desired extras, like toys. Sponsors can be individuals, organizations or companies. A group from Bishop Brady School was able to sponsor 140 youths this year. Deliveries are helped by the New Hampshire National Guard who joins the operation every year to help pack and transport the gifts to their respective locations, from Nashua to Berlin and Keene to Portsmouth. "It's really a sight to see all these people get together to get presents to the kids," said Linda Farrell, the chairperson for the Operation Santa committee. <br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor Staff)
  • Tech Sergeant Cynthia Carter helps move bags down the line towards one of the trucks taking toys to the Nashua area on Thursday morning, December 13, 2012. <br/> <br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor Staff)

More than 2,500 of New Hampshire’s children in need have gifts coming their way thanks to Operation Santa Claus, an annual program run by current and retired members of the State Employees’ Association Local 1984. The program is in its 52nd year, and its committee members and volunteers are affectionately called the “Elf Squad” for their role in gathering donated gifts to deliver on Christmas. “I call them my kids,” said Linda Farrell, chairwoman of the Operation Santa committee, about the children who get the gifts. “My kids have never gone without,” she added. Sponsors can be individuals, organizations or companies. A group from Bishop Brady High School was able to sponsor 140 youths this year, while the New Hampshire National Guard joins the operation every year to help pack and transport the gifts to their respective locations – from Nashua to Berlin and Keene to Portsmouth. “It’s really a sight to see all these people get together to get presents to the kids,” Farrell said.

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