Coast Guard flies in Santa to visit kids at North Bend Air Station

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NORTH BEND, Ore. -- Christmas is still a week away, but Santa made a special appearance in North Bend over the weekend, trading in his sleigh for a helicopter as he touched down at the Coast Guard Air Station in North Bend.

The annual Christmas celebration is put on for local Coast Guard families and always features an appearance by St. Nick.

"I really love coming and seeing the joy on their faces and hearing them talk about how excited they were - they get so excited," said Mandy Perdue, a Coast Guard spouse.

The party is all about bringing people together

"The bonding that goes on, the fellowship--not only with the kids and Santa, but the families as well--especially for the spouses and the ones that are there to support everybody when they're gone…that they're here and they get to have a good time," said Chad Perdue with US Coast Guard Sector North Bend.

Of course, the best part of the day for the kids is seeing Santa Claus.

Organizers say the plan is to make the Santa flying event bigger and better every year.

Around a hundred families attended the event.

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