Photos: Santa to the Villages

In a Dec. 7 photo, Santa Claus, played by Coast Guard Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Rian Bareuther, receives a hug after disembarking from a Coast Guard helicopter in Port Lions, Alaska. The Coast Guard Spouses Association of Kodiak’s Santa to the Villages program is in its 36th year of delivering presents, knitted goods and fresh fruits to rural Kodiak children from birth to age 18. Active-duty Coast Guardsmen volunteer as Santa and Santa’s elves during visits to all of Kodiak’s organized towns.


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