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'Operation Christmas Gift' brightens the faces of Bay area kids

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This young man is impressed with Santa Claus. This young man is impressed with Santa Claus.
In addition to getting a Christmas present there were plenty of games at Operation Christmas Gift on Saturday in Tampa. In addition to getting a Christmas present there were plenty of games at Operation Christmas Gift on Saturday in Tampa.
TAMPA, FL (WFLA) -

Santa Claus brightened the Holiday Season for hundreds of underprivileged kids Saturday morning in Tampa.

The annual ‘Operation Christmas Gift' took place at the Nick Capitano Boys and Girls Club on East Kay St. In addition to the presents the children were treated to food, music, games, live entertainment and giveaways.

The event was made possible through donations received by members of the community. Last year over 2,000 Bay area kids took part in the festivities.

The youngsters were also treated to arts and crafts and face painting.

The Christian Family Church helped put on the event. They received assistance from a variety of local organizations including the Radiant Group, Central Park Village Youth Services, the Lowry Park Zoo, Pepin Co. and the Gold & Diamond Source.

The annual fun-filled holiday event lasted approximately two hours.

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