- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 14, 2016

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Thousands of donated gifts are being loaded onto National Guard trucks destined for needy children across New Hampshire.

The New Hampshire State Employees Association has been running Operation Santa Claus for more than 50 years. This year, case workers identified approximately 3,000 children who were matched with sponsors who donated gifts.

Many of the children are in foster care and have been neglected and abused.

On Wednesday, dozens of volunteers including Gov. Maggie Hassan, Miss New Hampshire, National Guard members and SEA president Richard Gulla will form a human chain to load the gifts onto trucks in Concord. Guardsmen will then deliver the gifts to Department of Health and Human Services district offices.

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