Christmas comes in July for kids in need

Posted at 9:54 PM, Jul 14, 2012
and last updated 2012-07-15 00:04:05-04

SALT LAKE CITY - Christmas came in July for some Salt Lake City families.

Christmas in July is an annual event at The Road Home shelter in Salt Lake City. Kids get to sit on Santa's lap and open presents. Each kid receives toys, hygiene items and a backpack full of school supplies.

"Something as simple as a bottle of shampoo means so much to our kids because when you have nothing you appreciate the small things," said Celeste Eggert with The Road Home.

The event has been hosted by the Salt Lake Board of Realtors for the last 21 years.

Donna Pozzuoli, president of the Salt Lake Board of Realtors, says that since donations to the shelters decrease during the summer months, they hold the Christmas in July event to give kids something special outside of the holiday season.

Kids could also decorate cookies, have their faces painted and ride in a horse-drawn carriage.

The Road Home shelter has provided emergency shelter to more than 7,000 people in the past year.