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Toys From Santa Bring Cheer to Unhoused Fresno Kids



Fresno City Councilwoman Esmeralda Soria (right) hands toys to kids as Santa watches. (GV Wire/David Taub)
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A visit with Santa, toys, hot chocolate, and cookies made for a special day for an estimated 300 children.

Thanks to the generosity of the community, Fresno City Councilwoman Esmeralda Soria and State Center trustee Annalisa Perea distributed toys and food at the San Joaquin Estates in west Fresno to 64 families on Tuesday.

Other related events, meanwhile, provided toys and food for 170 more children on Tuesday.

“We want you to know that Fresno loves you,” Soria told the families gathered at San Joaquin Estates to meet jolly old St. Nick.

Christmas for Unhoused Children

Soria said the event delivered Christmas cheer for those in community without a home of their own.

“This year we picked unhoused kids and kids that haven’t had the opportunity to be blessed through either Toys for Tots or other holiday giving,” Soria said.

The Jane Addams Community Development Corporation also pitched in.

“For me, the Christmas season is the season of giving and getting together with family, and that’s what we want to give these families. We want to give them the opportunity to feel like they can also celebrate, even though their circumstances may limit them financially,” Soria said.

David Taub has spent most of his career in journalism behind the scenes working as a TV assignment editor and radio producer. For more than a decade, he has worked in the Fresno market with such stops at KSEE-24, KMJ and Power Talk 96.7. Taub also worked the production and support side of some of TV sports biggest events including the Super Bowl, the NBA Finals and NASCAR to name a few. Taub graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email