LA’s Midnight Mission makes kids smile with gifts this Christmas

LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Thanks to Skid Row’s Midnight Mission, Santa’s Village was back for homeless or nearly homeless families in Los Angeles this Christmas Day.

The event has not taken place since 2019 and this year the need could not be greater. So many families are hurt and no child should miss Christmas.

“I am happy because this event is good for families. It’s difficult to buy toys for the kids these days,” said Ana Montero, a mother of five.

“It’s been tough for my family lately. We got our little Christmas tree late but I’m glad we did. I’m glad this program is helping us a lot,” said another mother who attended the event.

“I have a squishy and a doll and a Rubik’s Cube and a basketball,” said a Los Angeles boy who entered the toy draw.

Hundreds of families queued up early and left with bags full of toys. Some kids even rode away on new bikes.

“It’s the relief it brings to parents, because there’s a lot of shame and sadness when a family can’t offer their children a traditional holiday,” said Georgia Berkovich, director of public affairs at Midnight Mission. “Everyone is talking about Christmas presents under the tree and a traditional holiday meal. For some families that is a luxury.”

The toy gift also helped the adult volunteers who made hundreds of young children smile this holiday season.

“A lot of people have problems. I’ve lost the feeling of wanting a gift for myself, so I like it when other people are happy when they receive one,” said Chandran Nambiar, who has volunteered at the event for the past six years.

Any remaining toys not picked up on Sunday will be distributed to Midnight Mission community partners, including churches and youth organizations, for distribution to children in need this holiday season.

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Laura Coffey

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