As Christmas Day nears, the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission is expecting 5,000 children to attend its annual toy giveaway Saturday.

Starting at 7 a.m., children from across the Coachella Valley are invited to choose from 15,000 toys which will be given away for free.

The giveaway will also include a random giveaway of bicycles, and special appearances from Santa and Mrs. Claus.

The Claus family will be joined by Santa’s elves, who will be busy handing out candy canes to the kids as they wait in line.

The rescue mission is located at 47470 Van Buren. For more information call 760-347-3512, ext. 221.

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