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'Twas the Saturday before Christmas...No, but really...

On Saturday, December 21, 2013, the Christmas spirit could be felt throughout, as we held our St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters Annual Children's Holiday Parties.

Hundreds of children and their parents joined us for a carefree afternoon of holiday family fun. No one was left out, as we had two parties taking place in both Manhattan and the Bronx! The day's festivities included lunch (served waiter-style), face painting, music and dancing, toy "shopping", and even photos with jolly Saint Nick, himself. The adults weren't forgotten either as they received a raffle ticket to win one of several prizes that included gift baskets, home decor, restaurant certificates, gift cards and more.

We were lucky enough to have helpers from Macy's, Time Warner and elsewhere on hand to make sure that the event was magical for all of our excited visitors. Special thank you to Christine Grasser of Macy's and Alex Tapnio of Time Warner who helped us to coordinate all of the wonderful volunteers! Thank you to everyone who pitched in and embodied the true meaning of giving and togetherness.

Volunteers at our Annual Children's Holiday Party in Manhattan. We think that these soccer fans are excited for lunchtime.

These two volunteers are ready for the party to begin. Some party volunteers with our entertainment - Ruben the Magician.

A Macy's volunteer serves delicious dessert. Santa and his Elf have arrived - now it is really a party!

This adorable cutie is excited to meet Santa's helper! It looks like she hit the face-painting and toy jackpot!

Joe Sano, Executive Director of St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters greets these little gents.
Fr. Francis Gasparik, Executive Director of St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters says hello to two happy families.
Christine Grasser of Macy's pictured with some of her awesome volunteers.
We think that this cutie likes macaroni and cheese
Thank you St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters, and Santa Claus!