December 5, 2012

CAPS Christmas Fiesta brings early gifts to community children

Even cloudy skies couldn't dampen the Christmas spirit at the Community-Academic Partners in Service (CAPS) annual Christmas Fiesta Dec. 1.

The event hosted over 240 children from San Bernardino at the SACHS Norton Clinic who were partnered with a volunteer "big buddy" and made the rounds of the Christmas Village.

Activities included face painting, cookie decorating and candy-cane-reindeer making, as well as a petting zoo, bean bag toss games, caricature drawings, and a photo with Santa.

Parents were also treated to goodie bags and activities by the Azure Hills Church.

At the end of the event, each participating child received a Christmas gift donated by volunteers and local organizations. And, thanks to the generosity of donors, CAPS again received a surplus of gifts, which were donated to various local organizations to help spread the good cheer.

Over 290 volunteers from Loma Linda University, local churches and organizations made the event a success.

For more information about CAPS and other community outreach programs, visit the CAPS Web site at or email

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