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By Trevor Greyeyes
Even Santa needs a little help now and then.
Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO) Grand Chief David Harper announced the kick off of the 2013 MKO Santa Express that will help Santa deliver gifts and good cheer to remore northern First Nation communities.
The MKO Santa Express is an annual event and with the support of corporate sponsors and business partners MKO was able to raise almost $100,000 annually to provide children living in remote isolated communities across Manitoba the opportunity to see Santa Claus and receive a gift bag over the holiday season.
As the media gathered, MKO Grand Chief Harper thanked Custom Helicopters, RBC, MTS and Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo for their help and donations.
“This is really for the kids,” said Atleo. “When they see their kids being greeted by Santa it's priceless.”
Harper thanked Kevin Carlson and David Spence for starting off and organizing the original MKO Santa Express and for their continued work.
“I will never forget that we did 16 communities that first day from 5 am til sometime after midnight,” said Harper.
He pointed out Dotty and Winona have packadged countless presents and items for the express.
Politicians pose with Santa before news conference.
RBC makes a donation with a BIG cheque.
AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo lends support to Santa.
Little guy with Santa and the media.
Media surround Atleo while Santa ponders Christmas.