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Ruth Moore Christmas party gives toys to kids

December 20, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
The 47th Ruth Moore annual Christmas party for underprivileged children was held in South Los Angeles on Monday.

Students from elementary and middle schools throughout mainly South Los Angeles packed the Freemont High School gymnasium. They got treated to a holiday party that included a visit from Santa. They were also treated to music, lunch and holiday gifts, ranging from board games, toy trucks, dolls and more.

"I think it's cool people having this for us, they're inviting us for a Christmas party," said Ruby Hernandez, a student from 52nd Street School.

The Moore family has been putting on this event for nearly 50 years, and every year they say it just keeps getting bigger and better.

"This is a dream continued, a legacy continued, an organization that my mother founded when she saw the need in 1965, and there is no way I couldn't do it. It is a part of my DNA. I will be doing it, my son is in here, he will continue on with me and after me," said Michelle Moore Sanders.

Thanks to generous donors, volunteers handed out more than 1,000 gifts to children.

"This is such a wonderful opportunity for these children. A lot of them don't have very much, and we don't know if they get Christmas presents. We know if they come here, they are going to have a great time and get something for Christmas," said teacher Jessica Applegate.

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