After the tragic events in Connecticut was especially important Monday to bring smiles to local youngsters' faces.
Holy Family, aided by an influx of toy donations, made their attempt to contribute to make the holidays more meaningful for those in need by hosting their annual Christmas toy giveaway.
Event coordinator Carrie Lu Sue was assisted by a host of volunteer "elves.'' Students from area schools handed out refreshments to those waiting in the long lines, while others helped in making things proceed smoothly.
Among those was South Pasadena Police officer Pat Green who had gotten off his shift at 6 a.m. and arrived by 7 a.m. to volunteer his services. Hundreds of parents with kids in tow lined up early. Adults received grocery bags full of food for the holidays, while kids got to visit Santa and went home with lots of toys and big smiles.