MINNEAPOLIS - Hundreds of needy families were treated to a Christmas morning they could only dream of in downtown Minneapolis.
"Things have been a little hard and struggling so when we get blessings like this, we are really happy and appreciative of it," says Katherine Raglin-Shannon.
Katherine, her kids, and grandkids are among 1200 needy people invited to Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery where volunteers with the Minneapolis Miracle program donated their Christmas morning to give others one to remember.
"I'm going to get choked up," says Pat Hanzal, who is volunteering for her sixth year. "I feel blessed that I'm so fortunate. I feel blessed that I'm able to contribute."
Food is just the start.
During lunch, elves visit with the children to get a feel for their interests and report back to north pole.
Santa Claus is waiting after lunch with a personalized sack of gifts for each child.
Smiles light up the children's faces.
A professional photographer snaps family photos so they will always remember this very merry Christmas.
"I just felt overjoyed," say Stephanie Raglin, mother of three. "There's no words that could express how I feel because there is so much going on in the world. You really have people who care and that really want to put smiles on children's faces."
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