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Mon Dec 24, 2012, 10:44 PM

Volunteers track Santa's progress, answer calls

Source: AP-Excite

By DAN ELLIOTT

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AP) - Most of the thousands of children who call the annual Santa-tracking operation at a Colorado Air Force Base on Christmas Eve ask the usual questions: "Where's Santa, and when will he get here?"

So volunteer Sara Berghoff was caught off-guard Monday when a child called to see if Santa could be especially kind this year to the families affected by the Connecticut school shooting.

"I'm from Newtown, Connecticut, where the shooting was," she remembers the child asking. "Is it possible that Santa can bring extra presents so I can deliver them to the families that lost kids?"

Sara, just 13 herself, was surprised but gathered her thoughts quickly. "If I can get ahold of him, I'll try to get the message to him," she told the child.

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Volunteers take phone calls from children asking where Santa is and when he will deliver presents to their house, during the annual NORAD Tracks Santa Operation, at the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, at Peterson Air Force Base, in Colorado Springs, Colo., Monday Dec. 24, 2012. Over a thousand volunteers at NORAD handle more than 100,000 thousand phone calls from children around the world every Christmas Eve, with NORAD continually projecting Santa's supposed progress delivering presents. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 12:22 AM

1. This always brings tears to my eyes

because I remember watching the Miracle on 42 St. The one with Natalie Wood as the skeptical child. Santa is about hope and that's why I love the idea of NORAD tracking HOPE aka Santa Claus around the world on Christmas Eve.

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Tue Dec 25, 2012, 12:32 AM

2. My Son and his LtC Daddy answered phones there together 2 years ago.

My Son got the coolest calls, from Europe, Africa, and other places. He was thrilled!

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Tue Dec 25, 2012, 03:37 AM

3. This so cool.

I never knew about the volunteers.

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