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Wausau group gives gifts to less fortunate children

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WAUSAU (WAOW) - Santa Claus came to Wausau to help less fortunate children get the presents on their wish lists.

“When we do this we're helping people just like us and making it a blessed and joyous season," said Diane Echols of Wausau.

Families signed up through the Salvation Army to be sponsored. The Wausau Elks raise money to adopt a family, and with the help of local stores they wrapped presents and gathered food.

"The foundation of the program is just the acts of charitable kindness that we do," said Tharen Gorski, the Good Fellowship Program captain.

Santa and his helpers got in their sleigh to deliver the presents. Volunteers say they look forward to the delivery all year.

"This is one of the highlights of my Christmas," said Dan Vachowiek of Wausau.

This year they gave presents to 120 children in 41 families, a number organizers say grows every year.

"Most of the families we provide Christmas to would not otherwise have Christmas," said Gorski.

Organizers say there's nothing better than giving back and seeing children's faces when Santa delivers all these gifts.

"Awe, amazement, gratefulness," said Gorski.

Volunteers agree.

"They were excited and he loved his shoes it was cute it was great," said Echols.

 As the holiday approaches, these children now have toys and smiles to show off, all from the gift of giving.

"Go out and help people everyone should have that feeling in them to go out and help one another," said Vachowiek.

Volunteers had a party for some of the families when they were done to keep people in the Christmas spirit.

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