Annual Arctic League gift delivery brings out hundreds of volunteers

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For yet another year, hundreds of eager volunteers lined up outside the Arctic League.

They braved the early hours of the night to deliver Christmas presents to people in need that they didn’t even know. 

Laughter and the sound of joy came from these volunteers waiting in line outside overnight. 

While many woke up to a white Christmas on Monday morning, dedicated volunteers were standing right in it engaging in laughter and joyous spirits. 

Brandon Houston was the first on line as of Sunday evening. 

“I got here at 6 o’clock because first in line means I’m first one out the door to give kids their gifts,” Houston said. “It just warms my heart to see other kids happy.”

Inside, doors opened just before 6:00 A.M. with Christmas music blaring and organized chaos making its way in and out smoothly. 

Over 1,400 bags were delivered to families. This is done in the early hours so that the families receiving the gifts have time to wrap them.

Just over 3,000 children woke up to something under the tree. 

“The main goal is to make sure there’s no child out there that doesn’t have Christmas,” Director Bob Haskins said. “We always scratch our heads and beat the bushes and try to make sure that everybody is aware of where to get an application and we get their name in the system.”

In what felt like record time, doors closed just before 6:30 A.M. with every volunteer receiving a bag. 

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