Christmas comes early for kids in need

Volunteers helped children in need shop for new warm clothes and coats, along with other essential items Wednesday. (KATU Photo)

Hundreds of kids got to celebrate Christmas a little early Wednesday with help from local businesses.

It was the Christmas for Kids Foundation’s annual giveaway.

More than 200 kids in need showed up at the Hollywood West Fred Meyer.

Volunteers helped them shop for new warm clothes and coats, along with other essential items.

Tigard police also donated hundreds of teddy bears for the kids.

Organizers say events like this are vital, especially around the holidays.

"This year we have over 25 kids who are technically homeless," said Melinda Lewis, president of Christmas for Kids Foundation. "We had a family that lost everything because of the volcano on the Big Island and moved here. We have so many stories that are just heartbreaking."

The kids got to bring their siblings along as well.

Organizers estimate more than 600 children from the Portland area will benefit from this year’s event.

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