MISSOULA, Mont. -

Veterans at Missoula area nursing homes got a special visit over the weekend.

The Springs at Missoula assisted living center was just one stop for Santa and his elves, who delivered gifts to veterans. 

Over the weekend volunteers will visit retirement communities in Missoula and Bitterroot, to drop of presents for about 300 veterans. The tradition started in 2008, to make sure vets are recognized during the holidays. 

The gifts called 'Santa Socks' were bags filled with essentials like soap, toothpaste, hats, gloves and of course socks.