Santa and his helpers deliver toys, food boxes to families in need

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Santa showed up early this year and he was spotted delivering toys to families around the Interior. But this time, he brought the milk and cookies.

While Santa's main method of delivery usually requires a chimney, this time he's coming to the front door bringing presents and boxes of food.

"This is always a big help to the community," Santa Claus said.

Santa's Helpers, a local non-profit organization, started by wrapping and packaging at the local food bank, and then Santa's helpers, and the big man himself, deliver the presents to families in need.

"Certain families are either referred to us, but every other year they can reapply," Santa said.

They ran door to door to spread holiday cheer.

"It should help people believe that there's good in the world. People are willing to help other people," said Santa.

One local family called it a Christmas miracle, neighbors helping neighbors.

"For them to look out that window to see you all, it made their Christmas. I mean, I'm at a lost for words. It's truly a blessing. It's our first time. It makes it a little easier for a lot of families that are really struggling," said Bruce Snowden, a program recipient.

The toy and food drive helps to reinforce the holiday spirit of giving, especially for those who need a little help. They spread hope and generosity to the people of Fairbanks.

"That's what Christmas is about. It's in your heart. Believing in all kinds of miracles," Santa said.

Santa's Helpers reached about 250 homes this year and they're shooting for even more next year.