CAMP DENALI, Alaska - Children from rural Alaskan communities were treated to an early Christmas this year as members of the Alaska National Guard completed Operation Santa Claus for young people in communities across the state.
More than 100 students from McQueen School in Kivalina, a city in Alaska's Northwest Arctic borough, received books, presents, a holiday meal and photos with Santa Dec. 6.
Members of the 176th Wing from Kulis Air National Guard Base in Anchorage flew a C-130 Herculeswith the Christmas gifts to the Kivalina children.
"This is so much fun, and the presents are really cool," said 14-year-old Jasmine Adams of McQueen School.
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin made a surprise visit too.
"It's wonderful to be here in Kivalina to celebrate the holidays and to be able to do this for the children of the community," said Governor Palin, who was accompanied by her daughter, Piper. "It's good to be able to show our support for the National Guard and to show the people of Alaska what our Guard is up to."