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Elves work to hand out toys at local church for Operation Santa Claus

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Dozens of local children pulled an all-night at First Christian Church of North Hollywood sorting through a literal mountain of toys.

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On one side of the church was a human-sized pile of stuffed animals, and then the kids of all ages sorted through brand new toys to give to needy families in the area.

Check out the photo gallery and slideshow of the tired "elves" after a night of work and play.

Youth leader Justin Jeter helped the boys and girls figure out what the appropriate ages were for the children who were coming to visit Santa the next day. While hundreds of families lined up outside the next morning, the "elves" were in the background collecting the proper gifts to give each of the children (and everyone got a stuffed animal, too!)

"This is the first time we have come here, and it is wonderful," said Jorge Ruiz, who just lost his job as a local account manager. He and his wife, and three children, ages, 2, 11 and 17 stood outside in the morning cold and were excited to get something from the church Santa. "It's going to be a lean holidays for us this year, but this helps, and we are very very thankful."

The church has been helping local families with Operation Santa Claus for years and it's part of their giving back to the community.

Christmas trees are also sold and money goes to the poor in their Trees for Kids program, and starting on Monday, the church choir and children will be walking through Colfax Meadows singing carols.

We will meet in the church parking lot at 6:30 on Monday, December 23rd and carol through the neighborhood around the church. Afterwards we will gather at the church for some hot chocolate and fellowship. This is open to all ages, and all types of singers, from the pros to the shower singers. It’s about having fun and sharing some of our love with our neighbors.

To learn more about the church, at 4390 Colfax Ave. in Studio City, see: http://www.fccnh.org

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