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Children get a head start on the holidays

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RICHLAND, WA -The people at Energy Northwest are playing Santa's helpers this week.

Old Saint Nick is visiting Head Start classrooms throughout the Tri-Cities, his sleigh loaded with hundreds of gifts donated and wrapped by Energy Northwest employees.

"Every year our employees adopt kids for the holidays through the Benton Franklin Head Start program," says Angela Smith, one of Santa's helpers. "This year nearly we've adopted nearly 400 kids."

This is the 30th year Energy Northwest has been making the holidays a little merrier for children in the Mid-Columbia.