Lawton Chiles Christmas Party for Kids held Tuesday

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MANATEE COUNTY - Kids in Manatee County got an early holiday gift when they spent the day partying with Santa.

The 19th Annual Lawton Chiles Christmas Party for Kids served up lunch and plenty of gifts at the Sandbar Restaurant on Anna Maria Island.

The event was set up to help those families less fortunate during the holiday season.

About 120 children took part in the event, and each one got a gift, new clothes and shoes.

One of the highlights of the event for the kids was watching Santa ride in on his water ski.