NBA Champion James Worthy asks Quran Clayton, 3, of Rancho Cucamonga what he wants for Christmas Saturday during the 4th Annual Colonies Holiday Miracles event at the Colonies Crossroads shopping center in Upland. (James Carbone/Correspondent)

Mike Cruz, Staff Writer
Created: 12/17/2011 04:54:29 PM PST

UPLAND – More than 100 children from low-income families were treated to a $200 shopping spree and much more as part of the 4th Annual Colonies Holiday Miracles event at the Colonies Crossroads Shopping Center.

Hundreds of volunteers and community members braved blustery winds and chilly early-morning temperatures Saturday to brighten the Christmas holiday for the children and their families.

Each child was given the $200 shopping spree at Kohl’s and Dicks Sporting Goods – which really amounted to between $240-250 thanks to discounts offered by the retailers. They also received breakfast, took pictures with Santa Claus, and were given a full holiday dinner from Albertsons.

An additional 100 families also received a holiday meals that were sponsored by Upland-based developer Colonies Partners.

Rancho Cucamonga resident Debbie Amaya brought her daughter Desiree, 10, and 9-year-old son, Daniel, to the event and enjoyed seeing the community come together for families during the holidays.

“I think it’s a priviledge and a blessing that the kids were able to come out here,” Amaya said.

Santa arrived on an Upland Fire truck to a round cheers. Firefighters and police officers from several local departments accompanied the children and volunteers as they shopped.

With big shopping bags in hand, the children and their adult volunteers left the stores with wide smiles. Seventeen-year-old Sarina Garcia, of Alta Loma, said she enjoyed shopping for clothes with Upland firefighter John Hurt.

The children who participated in the event are from the non-profit Hope Through Housing Foundation, which was created by non-profit affordable housing developer National Community Renaissance (National CORE) to provide services to children and senior citizens.

Each child was chosen based on family need and income.

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