TUCSON, Ariz. — 140 people gathered to share a special holiday meal at the Ronald McDonald house Thursday night.
It's an annual tradition with the goal of giving the families of sick kids some comfort while their children are receiving medical treatment.
For many of those families it means they are not able to spend the holiday season in their own home.
A chef who works for Casino Del Sol started this tradition with the Ronald McDonald house 12 years ago.
Javier Castro said performing this service doesn't just help those families, but helps him as well.
"Just puts a smile back in me," Castro said. "It gives me purpose for what I do. Just giving back to the community and to the families, that's what it's all about.
Santa and Mrs. Claus also made and appearance to bring some extra cheer to the event.