Christmas is just days away but Santa made an early stop.
Mr. and Mrs. Claus and their helpers were at the Highland Park American Legion on Sunday to hand out toys to military and needy children.
“I mean this is awesome, we don’t make a lot of money and our Christmas is going to have to wait until after Christmas. This is going to be great that the kids will have something to open up on Christmas morning,” said Lynn Lynch of Des Moines.
The American Legion started taking donations in July to prepare for this Christmas. They’ve been helping metro families in need for the past four years.
This is a record year; the Legion has helped 113 children this season.
“The whole thing is, I wake up Christmas morning and this year I know there are 113 happy kids out there because of what we did,” said Mrs. Claus of the Highland Park American Legion Riders.
Each child received $150 worth of toys.