Entire families camped out Saturday night in California in order to participate in the 29th annual "Miracle on 1st Street" at the Hollenbeck Youth Center in Los Angeles.
Some Hollywood celebrities were also there to hand out free toys and help bring some big smiles to several thousand needy children's faces.
The event spanned more than five blocks. Members of the local community donated the Christmas gifts and volunteers made sure each child went home with a present.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Cloris Leachman and Tom Sizemore were among the celebrities who personally distributed the toys to the children.
"I see so much love around them. Somebody's around them, taking care of them. They look well taken care of and loved," Leachman said.
"Not only do they get a gift to go home with, they get a day they're going to remember for the rest of their lives," explained Daniel Hernandez, founder and CEO of the Hollenbeck Youth Center.
"Just to get off yourself and help someone. I was a poor kid, and I know how much it meant to me. It's just been a great experience for me," Sizemore said.
A local police business council and the Oscar de la Hoya Foundation sponsored the event.