H-SAN LUIS OBISPO

Dec 24, 2013 7:35 PM by Cameron Polom, KSBY News

Homeless families receive gifts

Tuesday, the Prado Day Center in San Luis Obispo gave those who are less fortunate a chance to enjoy the holidays.

Like many of the families at the Center on Christmas Eve morning, Nicki Lacy has struggled to find a permanent home. She says if it weren't for organizations like this, Christmas may not have come at all.

"Homelessness for over 20 months now, it's hard," Lacy says. "This helps out a lot, you know, making me not feel guilty for my children."

Dee Torres with the Prado Day Center says, "Most of our clients, especially our clients that are here this time of year, they don't have the traditional family and supports that a lot of us do have, so we try to be that for them."

Each family was given a warm breakfast, followed by what all the kids were waiting for - the gift giveaway. But what topped their lists may be a surprise.

"We do wish lists for our kids and the number one thing they asked for was new shoes, and so that really tells you what this means and how challenged they are," said Torres.

More than 100 people turned out for the Christmas Eve event.

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