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Fairbanks man continues #PayItFoward by planning a Magical Christmas

Published: Nov. 20, 2020 at 4:12 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - A Fairbanks man is planning to surprise some local families in need with a magical Christmas as he works with the community to gather gifts.

Monte Pearson gained local renown last winter as he drove around Fairbanks helping people get their cars started during the cold winter months. During the winter of 2019/2020 he helped start over 300 cars that were frozen because of the cold.

Pearson told us that during one engine thaw last winter, “A person contacted me on Facebook and asked for my phone number to discuss they wanted to do something nice for a family on Christmas.”

That anonymous donor set in motion what was to become the first #MagicalChristmas for Pearson’s #PayItForward movement in Fairbanks. In the end they picked two deserving families and gave them a special Christmas.

“Got them everything from car repairs, to heating oil for their home and two car loads of presents for the kids, and it was just an amazing thing,” Pearson said.

This year, he said he wants to do it again and make it even bigger. “Last year I did two families. I would like to do another family. Let’s grow it one more, it doesn’t have to be giant leaps and bounds. I still want to be magical for a family, so I would be happy to do three families this year.”

One of his anonymous donors had an idea for how the community could get even more involved by doing a toy drop to help buy gifts. Anyone who would like to get involved in donating toys can contact Monte Pearson.

For people who don’t want to go shopping, Pearson said they are welcome to donate money and he will do the shopping. “I will use the money and I will go shopping. I got some elves that are going to help out this year and I get to play Santa Claus again which is excellent.”

He said that they are looking for any family in the community who is deserving, especially if, “Money is tight, they are not going to be able to do a great Christmas, for their family.” He said that many people have medical expenses that make Christmas hard -- and with COVID-19 affecting many peoples’ jobs, Christmas 2020 is more important than ever to reach out to families around town.

Once they get all the gifts ready, “We will wrap them up and make a delivery on Christmas Eve and Christmas morning depending on how many families we can provide for this year,” Pearson said.

To find these families, he said he is asking people in the community to nominate a family by messaging him on Facebook with their names, ages, and story. He will vet the nominees and then pick as many families as possible to bring a magical Christmas.

Pearson also said that businesses are more than welcome to contact him if they think they have something they could donate for the project.

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