Weigel's convenience stores treated nearly 200 children to a shopping spree and a party with Santa Saturday morning.
The magic began at 8 a.m. when children boarded buses to Kmart on Broadway. Each child could spend $150 at the store. Afterwards the fun continued with lunch and a holiday party at the Salvation Army recreational center.
Weigel's raised funds for its "Family Christmas" through its annual golf tournament and customer donations.
Weigel's owner Bill Weigel said the program continues to help more children every year.
"Our first year, we just had six people with my children one Christmas," said Weigel. "From there it went to 30, then to 45, then finally it's gotten up to 190 now. That's about all the capacity of the Salvation Army's gym."
Weigel said he's added a new feature this year, which honors 12 veterans' families as part of their "12 Days of Christmas." He said he plans to grow "Weigel's Family Christmas" larger each year to help out more children in the community.