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Deployed for the holidays: how Amazon is helping the children of military families

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Chloe Beth Lane, who dad is deployed, looks at her gifts from Amazon Chloe Beth Lane, who dad is deployed, looks at her gifts from Amazon
Several children whose parents are deployed attend a Christmas party at the Galt House Several children whose parents are deployed attend a Christmas party at the Galt House
Reba Lane and her daughter, Chloe, attend the Christmas party Reba Lane and her daughter, Chloe, attend the Christmas party

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Amazon partnered with Operation Homefront to surprise children with a military parent deployed over the holidays.

Amazon's "elves" passed out gifts to kids during a holiday party Wednesday at the Galt House, lending Santa Claus a hand. They handed out gifts to dozens of children, including Chloe Beth Lane (pictured), choosing items directly from each child's Christmas wish list. 

"Daddy is helping Santa, so he's been helping for about 3-and-a-half months," Reba Lane, Chloe's mom, told WDRB. "This is hard. It's her first Christmas that she's able to realize [her dad] is not home. She misses him quite a bit." 

"Seeing the impact of what Amazon did today," said Melissa Swift with Operation Homefront. "It brings tears to your eyes. You know what families go through with moms and dads gone, and these kids will never forget what Amazon did. The parents will never forget the smiles on their faces." 

The Galt House was one of only ten sites across the country where Amazon will throw similar parties for military families. Amazon also says giving back to the military is one of its mission and why the company employs thousands of veterans. 

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