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ADVISORY/Santa Claus and Washington Mutual Will Make a Special Delivery to Toys for Tots

ADVISORY...for Mon. (Dec. 16)


               Santa Clause refinances his workshop with
          Washington Mutual; company donates toys and $2,500
              to Toys for Tots, to be delivered by Santa

   WHO/WHAT: Santa Claus (yes, that's his real name) will personally
             deliver gifts from a Washington Mutual (NYSE:WM) toy
             drive and a $2,500 cash donation to Gunnery Sergeant
             Kofahl who manages the Chicago U.S. Marines' Toys for
             Tots program.

   WHEN:     Mon., Dec. 16, 2002 at 2 p.m. CDT

   WHERE:    3034 West Foster Avenue, Chicago, IL (at Kedzie St.)

   WHY:      Due to record low mortgage rates, Santa Claus decided now
             would be the right time to refinance his mortgage and
             contacted Washington Mutual. Mortgage rates recently hit
             a 40-year low which has lead many homeowners to

This story is a modern day "Miracle on 34th Street." Santa Claus is this customer's legal name and he has been living in the Chicago area for 58 years. Mr. Claus has been a Washington Mutual customer for a little more than a year. In addition to his pastime as "toy delivery expert," Mr. Claus owns a construction company and enjoys volunteering his time with church organizations, local schools, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and in senior centers.

In honor of its customer (and in the midst of the latest wave of refinancing), Washington Mutual employees in the Chicagoland area are holding a toy drive this week and the company will donate $2,500 to benefit the U.S. Marine Corps' Toys for Tots based in Chicago.

In 2001, the U.S Marine Corp Toys for Tots program distributed over 13.2 million toys to 6.1 million needy children throughout the nation. This year, the Toys for Tots program called out for additional support since they believe there may be more children in need than ever before due to the nation's economic situation.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Photos are available. If interested, please contact Olivia Riley at 206/377-3636.


CONTACT: Washington Mutual
Olivia Riley, 206/377-3636