CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea — The Area III Morale, Welfare and Recreation office is helping to set up a direct pipeline between “Jolly Ol’ St. Nick” and local children this holiday season.
The “Letters from Santa” program aims to have every child in the area get a personal letter from Santa Claus and a special gift from the office.
“We have made contact with Santa and he has agreed,” Marketing Chief Mike Mooney said.
Parents can register children ages 10 and younger at Youth Services or through entry forms in the November and December editions of the MWR newsletter Leisure Informer.
In order to assure delivery before Christmas Day, all requests must be received by Dec. 18, officials said.
The free gifts range from meal coupons to free games of miniature golf and bowling at base facilities.
MWR officials also have something for adults in the area — chances to win holiday prizes including a new motorcycle, a round-trip airline ticket to the States and $10,000.
The $10,000 Shootout gives one person — drawn at random — one shot, literally, at the money.
The person will be guaranteed $500, but if that person makes a three-quarter court shot during halftime of the last game of the Christmas Day basketball tournament, he or she gets the big prize.
The giveaway is a joint venture between the office, Army and Air Force Exchange Service New Car Sales and DaimlerChrysler, officials said.
The motorcycle, a Suzuki GZ 250, will be given away at Freedom’s Inn Christmas Eve party after a $1 raffle, with tickets being sold at many Area III facilities. Because many soldiers and airmen are not allowed to have a personal vehicle in South Korea, the motorcycle can be shipped either to the winner’s home of record or to his or her next duty station, officials said.
The airline ticket, being provided by U.S. Airline Alliance, will be given away after a contest in which individuals visit six of the 13 Area III MWR facilities and enter a drawing.
“This is just another way to say thank you to the men and women who support the Area II MWR program all year long and another way to say Happy Holidays,” Area III Business Operations Chief Mike Ross said in a release.