Dec 22, 2013 9:44 PM by Erika Flores
TUCSON-Thousands of children gathered at Casino Del Sol for Miracle on 31st Street to get a Christmas gift and meet Santa.
It's an event that has grown over the years.
Over 40 years ago, it started with a retired man who hosted a Christmas Eve party for the neighborhood children.
It started as a small gathering, but as the event has grown, so has the need for more toys.
Just two days ago, organizers were worried that they wouldn't have enough for the 10 thousand kids they were expecting.
Kids and their families lined up bright and early at 5 in the morning.
Armando Duarte, vice president of Ramon's Miracle on 31st street said the organization was having a hard time collecting toys this year.
"This year was the first year we didn't have not even our goal coming up to the date, so it was really hard this year," said Duarte.
Duarte said just two days ago, they had fewer than one thousand toys.
"We were stressing out," said Duarte.
But the community came through with a last minute donation that got them to their goal.
"That helped us out greatly this year," said Duarte.
For many of these families, Miracle on 31st Street is a family tradition and without these donations, their children would be without.
"Financially it's very hard right now for us, and this helped out a lot because they get presents. They enjoy themselves. They get to see Santa and they get to eat," said Lydia Baltazar.
Miracle on 31st Street wants to thank the community for coming through and helping nearly ten thousand kids get gifts this year.
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