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Camo Claus: 'This is what it's all about: community'

Camo Claus: 'This is what it's all about: community'

EUGENE, Ore. - Not all Claus come in red suits.

For the last nine years, "Camo Claus" has collected presents and handed them out to the homeless and children in need around the Whiteaker Neighborhood. On Wednesday night he and more than a dozen volunteers - his elves - gathered at New Day Bakery for a wrap party.

"It's a community thing," said Scotty, a retired Vietnam Veteran who also answers to Camo Claus. "Once I got started there was nothing I could do. It just got full blast."

The group hands out 250 presents to adults around the area. Simple gifts include socks, chocolate-covered cherries, a lighter and scarf.

It might not seem like much to some, but for many it will be the only gift they recieve this year.

"Believe me, these little presents here make all the difference to people who are homeless or on the streets," Scotty said.

They also plan to hand out toys to as many children as they can.

There is no real desire for the group, other than helping out as many people as they can. The gifts are bought with donations and money directly out of Scotty's pocket.

Scotty tells KVAL News: "This is what it's all about: community."