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Santa visits early

By By Chandler Myers
Christmas came a few weeks early for 11 children as the American Legion Post 90 and its Auxiliary gave children of deployed military personnel a special visit from Santa Claus Saturday as they hosted their fifth annual Breakfast with Santa.
The event, which is designed to bring some Christmas joy to those without one or both parents who are on military assignment, did the trick as it brought smiles to all of their faces.
Mary Stanley, wife of American Legion Post 90 Commander Aubrey Stanley and head of the American Legion Auxiliary, said she thought the event went well.
Judy Todd’s husband, Lt. Commander David Todd, is serving in Iraq, so their nine children were chosen with seven being able to attend the event.
Victoria, Micah, Aimee, Rebecca, Christian, Daisy and Lily Todd ranging from 15 years to 22 months were on hand to receive gifts from Santa.
Tammy Fullbright, who made the trip with her mother Debbie Fullbright also got to sit on the jolly ole fat man’s lap along with Abby Kate Helton, who’s grandfather is Staff Sergeant Richard Stuckey is posted in Afghanistan.
Judy Todd said the Legion was very generous for giving gifts to her children as well as the others involved.
With such a generous event having a tremendous impact, the Legion is already looking to next year.
Stanley said if there are military personnel deployed and children are without a parent then the event will happen.
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