Holiday cheer was brought to 1,500 underprivileged children in the Antelope Valley last weekend as Antelope Valley Hospital and Children’s Center of Antelope Valley teamed up for the annual Holiday Jam.

Children played games, made arts and crafts, and visited with KaBoom from the Lancaster JetHawks, but most importantly, they visited Santa and were given a toy! Toys were generously donated by hospital employees and community partners like Petsmart, Antelope Valley Transit Authority’s Stuff-a-Bus, California Highway Patrol and Virgin Orbit.

“Our team here at Antelope Valley Hospital appreciates the opportunity to give back to our community,” said Esther Omolafe, the hospital’s manager of patient and family experience. “Holiday Jam embodies the spirit of the holidays in bringing joy to children and their families. We loved working with the Children’s Center to put on this wonderful event for the youth of the AV.”

“Thanks to the Holiday Jam and the generous donations from the community, these children are now able to celebrate the holidays with toys to call their own,” said Sue Page, executive director of The Children’s Center of the Antelope Valley. “We’re thankful to Antelope Valley Hospital and various sponsors and donors for helping ensure these struggling families have a joyous holiday season.”