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Airmen donate time, gifts to children's home

Santa Claus and Rudolph wave to children as they are escorted to the Noyes Home for Children in St. Joseph, Mo., Dec. 13, 2011. Guardmembers of the 139th Airlift Wing teamed up with the Army Reserve and local businesses to donate Christmas gifts for the Noyes Home. (Missouri Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Crane)

Santa Claus and Rudolph wave to children as they are escorted to the Noyes Home for Children in St. Joseph, Mo., Dec. 13, 2011. Guardmembers of the 139th Airlift Wing teamed up with the Army Reserve and local businesses to donate Christmas gifts for the Noyes Home. (Missouri Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Crane)

Master Sgt. Susan McGarry, 139th Operations Support Flight deputy airfield manager, helps kids get inside a Missouri Air National Guard fire truck at the Noyes Home for Children in St. Joseph, Mo., Dec. 13, 2011. Guardmembers of the 139th Airlift Wing teamed up local businesses to donate Christmas gifts for the Noyes Home. (Missouri Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Crane)

Master Sgt. Susan McGarry, 139th Operations Support Flight deputy airfield manager, helps kids get inside a Missouri Air National Guard fire truck at the Noyes Home for Children in St. Joseph, Mo., Dec. 13, 2011. Guardmembers of the 139th Airlift Wing teamed up local businesses to donate Christmas gifts for the Noyes Home. (Missouri Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Crane)

Capt. Janelle Decker (right), 180th Airlift Squadron, and Lt. Col. Kimberly Daniel, 139th Operations Group, talk with a kid from the Noyes Home for Children in St. Joseph, Mo., Dec. 13, 2011. Guardmembers of the 139th Airlift Wing teamed up with local businesses to donate Christmas gifts for the Noyes Home. (Missouri Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Crane)

Capt. Janelle Decker (right), 180th Airlift Squadron, and Lt. Col. Kimberly Daniel, 139th Operations Group, talk with a kid from the Noyes Home for Children in St. Joseph, Mo., Dec. 13, 2011. Guardmembers of the 139th Airlift Wing teamed up with local businesses to donate Christmas gifts for the Noyes Home. (Missouri Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Crane)

Master Sgt. Susan McGarry, 139th Operations Support Flight deputy airfield manager, talks with a kid from the Noyes Home for Children in St. Joseph, Mo., Dec. 13, 2011. Guardmembers of the 139th Airlift Wing teamed up local businesses to donate Christmas gifts for the Noyes Home. (Missouri Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Crane)

Master Sgt. Susan McGarry, 139th Operations Support Flight deputy airfield manager, talks with a kid from the Noyes Home for Children in St. Joseph, Mo., Dec. 13, 2011. Guardmembers of the 139th Airlift Wing teamed up local businesses to donate Christmas gifts for the Noyes Home. (Missouri Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Crane)

Master Sgt. Susan McGarry, 139th Operations Support Flight deputy airfield manager, watches as a kid from the Noyes Home for Children in St. Joseph, Mo., opens a gift Dec. 13, 2011. Guardmembers of the 139th Airlift Wing teamed up local businesses to donate Christmas gifts for the Noyes Home. (Missouri Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Crane)

Master Sgt. Susan McGarry, 139th Operations Support Flight deputy airfield manager, watches as a kid from the Noyes Home for Children in St. Joseph, Mo., opens a gift Dec. 13, 2011. Guardmembers of the 139th Airlift Wing teamed up local businesses to donate Christmas gifts for the Noyes Home. (Missouri Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Crane)

Lt. Col. Kimberly McDaniel, 139th Operations Group, watches as a kid from the Noyes Home for Children in St. Joseph, Mo., opens a gift Dec. 13, 2011. Guardmembers of the 139th Airlift Wing teamed up local businesses to donate Christmas gifts for the Noyes Home. (Missouri Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Crane)

Lt. Col. Kimberly McDaniel, 139th Operations Group, watches as a kid from the Noyes Home for Children in St. Joseph, Mo., opens a gift Dec. 13, 2011. Guardmembers of the 139th Airlift Wing teamed up local businesses to donate Christmas gifts for the Noyes Home. (Missouri Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Crane)

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- A cold, wet Tuesday afternoon didn't stop Santa from visiting some children on Dec. 13.

Airmen from the 139th Airlift Wing teamed up with the local community to bring Christmas to the Noyes Home for Children in St. Joseph, Mo.

Combined with local businesses, Guardmembers raised $1,100 to buy gifts for nine children at the Noyes Home. Gifts included everything from shoes to video games. The money also bought pizza for the kids.

"It's humbling to see this need in our community," said Master Sgt. Susan McGarry, 139th Operations Support Flight deputy airfield manager. "It's very touching to the heart."

The 139th Fire Department also brought their fire truck for the kids to see.

"It's great, they love it. They were jumping up and down," said Stephanie Murphy, Noyes Home administrative assistant. "For them to see the military here gives them an additional member of society to look up to, somebody else taking care of them."