Local organization holds Christmas party for homeless children

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - This Christmas, some parents are finding it hard to be able to give gifts this year to their children. On Saturday afternoon, Bethany House Services helped to spread a little Christmas cheer at Elder High School's Schaeper Center.

"We're having a tough time right now and I wasn't sure how I was going to make Christmas for them and this just eased my mind a lot," said Kristen Sheppard.

With a special visit from the man who lives at the North Pole, hundreds of children got the opportunity to attend a special Christmas party.

"We're providing them with a sit-down dinner, we're listening to Christmas music. We have crafts for our kids. Basically, it's just a time for them to take their minds of being homeless," said Child-Parent Coordinator at Bethany House Denise Hill.

Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority returned this year to help wrap presents. Some volunteers say for them it's amazing to be able to help a family in need.

"It's just amazing to see the look on the children's faces to see that someone other than their mom, dad or family is volunteering to give some time to them," said volunteer Charlsetta Smith.

Giving a little time that will make a big impact on those having a tough time this holiday.

"It's a great day for us. It's amazing. Nice food, gift, people are being nice, friendly," said Sheppard.

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