ALBANY, N.Y. -- Albany Medical Center is spreading some cheer this season by giving gifts to about 30 families in need.
Items donated from the community were on full display at Koinonia Primary Care.
Albany Medical College Students served as elves and helped almost 70 children pick out free gifts from the Holiday Store to give to their parents this Christmas.
The kids took their presents to a wrapping station and also participated in arts and crafts and a game room. Those who attended were also offered a free holiday meal.
"One who can give something is rich and so we want our community which is often characterized as being a poor community to be known as a rich community and so we work here even from a very young age to introduce our children to the joys of giving and that's what the season is all about and so we try and cooperate along with that,” said Koinonia Primary Care Founder Dr. Bob Paeglow.
Each family that took a picture with Santa Clause will receive their portrait in a frame and a stocking stuffed with goodies on Christmas Day.