shoebox drive

Kids who have families that can't afford gifts at this time of year celebrated Christmas by opening up shoe box drive presents. (CBC)

A group of 200 inner city children received gifts this year at the third annual Christmas Shoebox Drive. 

"I'm on a low income, I don't receive income for one child so it really helps a lot," said Kathy Bird who brought her six kids to the event. 

The shoe boxes, typically filled with gloves, toys, toiletries and candies are donated by people who want to participate in the shoe box drive. 

Organizers said Christmas is hard on many families who can't afford to give their kids presents. 

They say the drive is a way to make Christmas brighter,  making sure that every child has a gift to open.