EAST ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- Santa Claus made an early stop in the Metro East on Wednesday for the 26th annual Toyland event, which was held at the Casino Queen.

Santa and his helpers handed out gifts to more than 1,600 children from six different schools in the East St. Louis School District.

Organizers said this event is critically important because 93% of the students in the district come from low-income households.

The Toyland tradition has helped bring joy and happiness to nearly 47,000 children over the past 25 years.

Copyright 2019 KMOV (Meredith Corporation). All Rights Reserved

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.