Santa enlists military for Alaska deliveries

AKIACHAK, Alaska - Santa has been gearing up for his annual Christmas Eve trip round-the-world for a while now, but there are a few stops he has to make early because they are so far remote.

The big man in red enlisted the military for a lift to some of Alaska's hardest to reach villages.

The Alaska Air National Guard has been helping out with what it calls "Operation: Santa Claus" for 60 years.

The Guard, along with the Salvation Army fly on C-130's or other military jets to deliver toys, school supplies and even fresh produce to villages that might normally go without.

Scripps National Correspondent Todd Walker and photojournalist Isaac Blancas tagged along as Operation: Santa Claus paid the western Alaska village of Akiachak a visit in early December.

Watch the video above to see what it takes to bring a Christmas celebration to one of the most remote places on Earth.

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