LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Operation Homefront is giving hundreds of military families and their children an early start on the Christmas holiday thanks to a toy distribution party at the Moose Lodge in Lorton Sunday afternoon.

The organization shows their appreciation to military service members by giving families and their kids a chance to talk with Santa and pick from a selection of toys that they get to take home for themselves.

WNEW’s Cameron Thompson spoke with Michelle Burtnett. She came out to Operation Homefront with her five kids and says it really helps boost her children’s morale around the holiday.

“Yeah, their dad is deployed and if dads or moms can’t be there to celebrate these times with their kids, it just really makes them happy,” said Burtnett.

Children enjoy the event because they not only get toys, but there is cookies and decorating activities as well.

“It’s where we celebrate and we just have fun that day,” said Vivian, an eight-year-old at Operation Homefront.

The distribution party in Lorton was just one of 95 events taking place across the country helping to get toys into the hands of over 30,000 military children.

WNEW’s Cameron Thompson contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.

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