Needy Children in Allapattah Get Early Christmas Presents

The City of Miami and local non-profits donated gifts and hosted the free holiday party

By Betty Yu
|  Sunday, Dec 18, 2011  |  Updated 6:42 PM EDT
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Allapattah Kids Get Early Christmas Gifts

Some Allapattah children got early Christmas presents.

Needy kids in the Allapattah section of Miami received early Christmas gifts Sunday afternoon.

Part of Juan Pablo Duarte park turned into a toy store Sunday, for many kids who may not have seen much under the tree this year.

"Myself I have 5 kids and this is a big, big help, I'm very grateful," said Zenaida Soto.

The City of Miami and local non-profits donated gifts and hosted the free holiday party, featuring bounce houses, free barbeque and lemonade and of course, toys.

Each child lined up, patiently waiting his or her turn to choose one of 500 toys, including the amazing robot, dolls, and bikes.

"I said 'Oh my God,' seriously all these toys," said Indiana Martin, who picked a doll.

Santa also dropped in from the Miami Fire Rescue Department to spread Christmas cheer.

Jordana Zarut, President of Young Dreams Community Outreach, invited children and families in low-income programs in the Allapattah neighborhood to enjoy the festivities.

"I actually lived here for many years and I know that there's a lot of poverty and kids in need," she said.

Mayor Tomas Regalado says the value of a toy goes far beyond it's cost.

"One toy can bring a smile and it's very hard for a family to have to tell their children that they don't have money," he said.

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