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Christmas comes early courtesy of Industrial Workers (video)

By Keldy Ortiz
Dec. 15, 2012 at 6:15 a.m.
Updated Dec. 16, 2012 at 6:16 a.m.


Kids and parents gathered Saturday morning to receive some early presents, but they were not from Santa.

Volunteers from Industrial Workers, a community organization of people working in different industries of Victoria, brought toys and bicycles for a cause. The presents were part of the Industrial Workers' Children's Christmas Party, where presents would be donated to those unable to supply their children with gifts.

"A lot of these children come from homes where they might not have the best Christmas," said organizer Linda Galvan. "We're trying to give them a happy Christmas."

Among the invited guests was Lalanii McKissic and her 3-year-old daughter, Soreena. She was happy that her daughter was going to get a gift and didn't mind what kind of present she got.

"She loves everything," McKissic said. "To receive is nice but to give appreciation is more."

Randy Hernandez looked excited when his name was called so his family could receive presents. Since becoming unemployed, he said it's been rough trying to get all of his family gifts. The event helped.

"It means a lot," Hernandez said. "Not everyone gets gifts. I'm really thankful for all the help we have been getting."

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