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Santa surprises veteran with new car

Howard Perry is a Marine veteran and UNO student.

Santa Claus made a stop in Omaha Wednesday afternoon to hand out an early Christmas present.

Santa handed Howard Perry and his family the keys to a refurbished 2008 Honda Accord.

Perry is a Marine veteran and UNO student. He has been without a car for months and has been relying on friends and family for rides to work and school.

Thanks to the Recycled Rides Program, there will be a little less worry in Perry's day.

"Who knows what could have happened?" Perry asked. "There's a good chance I wouldn't still be at my current employer or continue my studies if this wouldn't have happened."

The car was donated by state farm insurance and the employees of CARSTAR Auto Body volunteered their time to repair the donated car.

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