The spirit of Christmas filled the ballroom of the Center City Sheraton on Monday afternoon.
About 400 children who are helped throughout the year by Catholic Social Services were treated to cookies, ice cream and holiday entertainment at the 54th annual Cardinal's Children's Christmas party.
"It's an outreach to the children. We're very joyful to do it and we hope it will awaken in their hearts the joy of Christmas and the meaning of Christmas," said Cardinal Justin Rigali.
Entertainment was provided by volunteers from Archdiocesan high schools.
"It's all for the kids today. It's a great time and the kids love it. I'm glad to dress up as a clown and entertain the kids," said Scott Nulty of Bishop Shanahan High School.
The children were treated to a parade, a reenactment of the Nativity and a visit from Santa Claus and his helpers, who handed out presents to every child.
To contribute to the Cardinal's Christmas Party for children, visit the organization's website.
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