Ester Acosta, 4, whispers her Christmas wish into Santa’s ear Thursday during the Energy Northwest holiday party at Head Start in Pasco. More than 400 children in Benton and Franklin counties received gifts donated by the nuclear plant employees this week at 11 different parties. It’s the 36th year the employees have sponsored the program. Brad Sawatzke, chief nuclear officer at the Richland plant, stood in as Santa. Acosta's mom is Bernarda Alatorre of Pasco.