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By Ashley MackinEduardo, 5, loves his present from Santa Claus and was absolutely beaming. He is one of more than 100 kids from the St. Vincent de Paul Village for homeless children in San Diego who attended the 13th annual holiday party on the rooftop of La Jolla Cove Suites.
La Jolla Cove Suites owner Krista Baroudi hosted the event Dec. 6, 2013 with help from the San Diego Harley Owner’s Group (HOGs), who donated toys, and “a generous donation from The Kiwanis Club of La Jolla that truly helps to make it the special night it is,” Baroudi said.
“The party gives these children, who are experiencing transition and difficulties in their personal lives, a special night that is all about them,” she added.
While waiting to greet Santa, the kids ate pizza and listened to DJ Brett Matson spin holiday tunes. When Santa arrived, he offered each child a gift and a few big hugs.
Children were also able to meet, play and hang out with the San Diego Padres’s mascot, The Friar.
Traveling by limousine from the St. Vincent de Paul’s facility for homeless children to the rooftop of La Jolla Cove Suites, the kids got an escort from the San Diego Harley Owners Group (HOGs), who also provided an extra toy for each child.