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Gifts and toys for all of the girls and boys

Hundreds of children in the Grand Forks area will receive new books, toys, candy and clothing this morning thanks to a team of Santa Claus Girls. "There's probably 1,000 toys, 1,000 books, 1,000 sets of hats and gloves and 1,000 pairs of socks," ...

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Kim Gordon (left), Brandy Schaan, and Bonnie Harmeson (right) search out for toys. Jesse Trelstad/ Grand Forks Herald

Hundreds of children in the Grand Forks area will receive new books, toys, candy and clothing this morning thanks to a team of Santa Claus Girls.

"There's probably 1,000 toys, 1,000 books, 1,000 sets of hats and gloves and 1,000 pairs of socks," said Anita Geffre, the Herald director of finance and organizer of Santa Claus Girls.

Throughout the week, volunteers sorted, packed and prepared to delivery gifts for 320 families and 750 children.

This year, Santa Claus Girls is celebrating its 100th year-the tradition began in 1916-of ensuring no child in Grand Forks is forgotten on Christmas morning.

The 100th year kicked off on Thanksgiving Day, and the charity set a goal of raising $18,000. "We're over halfway to our goal," Geffre said, adding she expects they'll meet it.

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