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      Santa's helpers work hard to make Lowcountry children smile

      MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) Some of Santa's helpers are working around the clock to make this Christmas extra special for Lowcountry children.

      The organization is called 'Christmas Commandos'.

      For more than a decade, they've been secretly providing presents to children who have lost parents within the last year.

      "It gives you such joy to help just any time during the holidays," said Patti Masonis, a longtime volunteer.

      On Christmas Eve, Masonis and other volunteers will help deliver Christmas gifts all over the tri-county area.

      "We roll out of here between midnight and 1 a.m. I've gone to Moncks Corner. I've gone to Bonneau and Huger," she said.

      The gifts are delivered secretly.

      "We never, ever see the families. We will leave stuff in the middle of the night, on the porch," said Masonis. "The first year we went out in the pouring rain and just got addicted to it."

      Two volunteers, 16-year-old Rachel Lindbergh and 14-year-old Amore Evans, are among the youngest wrapping gifts and preparing them for delivery.

      "Everyone is so motivated and dedicated," said Lindbergh.

      "It warms your heart to know that you're doing something great to help other kids who've had so much going on here," said Evans.

      Young and old alike, these volunteers will tell you nothing gives them more joy than making a child's Christmas a little brighter.

      "If we can get a smile, just like I say, for a few minutes, it's all worth it," said Masonis.

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