WARREN, Ohio (WYTV) – Hundreds came together in Trumbull County Thursday afternoon to celebrate Christmas as a community.
The 25th annual “Families Helping Families” dinner at Aulizio’s Banquet Center in Warren featured the man of the hour himself, Santa Claus. Kids got to sit on his lap and also received a toy from gifts collected by volunteers.
Trumbull County Commissioner Dan Polivka started the free event 25 years ago and dozens help him make it possible.
“It just all comes together pretty well. We had about 50 volunteers here helping today, kitchen, clean up and everything. Without them it certainly wouldn’t be possible,” Polivka said.
Polivka said it’s important those volunteers get to spend the holiday with their families as well, so shifts did not start until late afternoon before the dinner kicked off at 3 p.m.