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December 21, 2005

Albany - Santa flew in, all the way from the North Pole to Phoebe Putney Memorial hospital in Albany Wednesday. He delivered presents to all the children there, who may not get to go home for Christmas, and whose parents may not be able to buy them anything due to hospital bills.

3-year old DeeDee has asthma, and may not be home by Sunday. Her favorite gift was a little pony. Her mom, Tikila Spurlin says, "I told her she must have been real good for Santa to come all the way up here and see her.

Frances Johnson, who organized the visit from Santa says, "It's just a real hard time for the children too, having to be in hospital is traumatic for a lot of them. So, when we do this, it just adds a little brightness to their day and helps their Christmas really feel real."

$1000 was donated by Merck to buy the toys. There are enough for each child in the hospital, as well as any siblings that may be there visiting.

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