Poverello House puts smiles on hundreds of kids on Christmas

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Hundreds of local children had the joy of opening a present this Christmas, thanks to the Poverello House. But the giving didn't stop there, thousands of meals were served during the breakfast and lunch hours.

More than 6000 toys were distributed to families in need. Thier first major event in the new warehouse.

Poverello House Director, Cruz Avila said, "For us, this is a bit of more of a special day but it goes to what we do at the Poverello House every single day."

Thousands lined up for breakfast and lunch but it would not be a Christmas feast without the sounds of Willy J.

Volunteer Angelique and her family have made serving a part of their holiday tradition for the last five years.

This is the first holiday season following two devastating losses for the Poverello House -- the passing of Founder Papa Mike and longtime volunteer Felix Avila.

"Both men were just all about giving," Avila said.

Director Avila says they plan to carry out their traditions for years to come.
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