Parachuting Santa brings gifts for children from earthquake-hit Italian town of Amatrice

Parachuting Santa brings gifts to children affected by a powerful earthquake that hit Italy in August.

Eight skydivers, one dressed as Santa Claus, landed in a village near the Italian town of Amatrice with gifts for children affected by an earthquake that hit the area in August.

The group, members of Italy's national parachute association from the nearby city of Terni, made the jump over Somatii, ABC News reported

"The jump went very well, the landings too, the children were very happy and we didn't think about the devastation [from the earthquake] because in the children's smiles, we saw so much light and so much joy," Carlo Capuano, professional skydiver and Alpine rescuer said.

Professional skydiver Enrico Marcucci dressed as Santa Clause and handed out gifts and sweets to the children.

Professional skydiver Enrico Marcucci dressed as Santa Clause and handed out gifts and sweets to the children.

Santa Claus, professional skydiver Enrico Marcucci, handed out gifts and sweets to the children.

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Most of the children from Amatrice now live in nearby cities and villages in tents and temporary houses as a result of the earthquake. 

The skydivers also donated almost 3,000 euros (NZD$4,435) to Somatti's schools and nursery to help with the reconstruction efforts.

The devastating earthquake struck Central Italy on August 24, killing nearly 300 people and left thousands homeless.

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