Food, presents, and a decorated tree made for a special Tuesday evening at the during a holiday party and gift giveaway for 40 local-area youth.
Students from Interact Club kept children entertained by engaging them in face-painting and balloon-shaping activities.
The Alameda County Fire Department had a special delivery that evening: Santa Claus himself. Jolly St. Nick delivered toys to the children, all of which were donated by .
The event has grown over the years according to Castro Valley attorney and Rotarian Mark Poniatowski.
"The first years I went and bought a couple of pizzas and we had it at the fire house," Poniatowski said.
Rotary's annual Children's Holiday Party was originally the vision of Poniatowski.
"There are a lot of kids who don't have a traditional family and holiday dinner," he said. "I want to give back to the kids."
To get a glimpse of how all the hard work of the local volunteers paid off, scroll through the photos above.