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HUNTINGTON, West Virginia -

For almost 30 years, a member of the community has worked tirelessly to make sure needy children in Huntington have a good Christmas.

Cricket Hudson is the founder of Cricket's Christmas party and has been hosting them for 27 years. Hundreds of families packed the Celebration Church on Sunday to visit with Santa, get a free gift and enjoy a meal.

Cricket said she remembers a time when she never got a toy for Christmas and wanted to make sure that never happened to another child.

"We had fruit baskets, but we didn't have toys. I always said that when I was able, every kid would have a toy," Cricket said.

One mother who attended the party with her small children said she was thankful that someone was providing for her family.

"It makes me feel grateful. I heard about it for the past few years, but we were never able to make it. I'm really grateful," Michelle Spears said.

Cricket works all year to raise money for the party by selling home-made dinners and taking donations. She said it's worth it just to see a smile from a child.

"No child will go without as long as I'm around," she said.