By Tim Jimenez
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The local chapter of the American Red Cross held its annual holiday party Thursday night for children affected by some kind of disaster over the past year.
At the Loews Hotel in Center City, it was a night for many who the Red Cross helped in 2012.
“Any child who has been touched by disaster from January to December, we invite them all to come to this evening. And it really is meant to be a child’s wonderland,” Local Chapter CEO Renee Cardwell Hughes said.
There was plenty of food, games and facepaitning as Deja and little brother Damon proudly showed off.
“It’s a Christmas butterfly,” Deja said.
“A spiderweb because I like spiders,” Damon said.
They were with their grandmother Tanya, who says she is grateful for the Red Cross being there for them when a fire broke out in their home.
“They’ve just been taking one day at a time to regroup and get things back together. The Red Cross was there right away. They gave them some food to eat and they gave them some numbers and finances so they would be okay.”
All the kids got a few gifts and a picture with Santa, memorable snapshots replacing pictures lost to fire and other disasters over the past year.