Gift giveaway makes the holidays brighter for hundreds of families

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CHICAGO -- Hundreds of families descended on Olive Harvey College Saturday morning for a big Christmas giveaway that's been an annual tradition for 20 years. Entrepreneur Larry Huggins of Riteway- Huggins Construction started the giveaway 20 years ago in Englewood.

“When you're doing something for 20 years, and people really see how it impacts the lives of these kids, you know it just makes you feel good to be able to do that," Huggins said.

This year the group raised $250,000 to help 500 families in need on the south and West Sides recommended by people in the community like social workers and principals.

“I appreciate it. It gives us a chance to give more things to our kids. You know-all fathers and mothers ain't working so this really helps a lot,” said Keenan Lawrence.

Area aldermen shop for those families, and present them their gifts. The annual event has also been supported by former Chicago mayor Richard Daley since he was in office.

"This is a day of giving. We’re going to give to each of the families here from the South Side of the city of Chicago,” Daley said.

Children walked away with bikes, TVs, laptops, dolls, and even some gifts to open on Christmas Day.