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Dozens Of Santas March In Annual Sidewalk Santa Parade

2010 Sidewalk Santa Parade

Volunteers of America’s Sidewalk Santas kick off the holiday season walking up 5th Avenue during the 108th Annual Parade of Santas in New York Nov. 26, 2010. (Credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Dozens of Jolly Saint Nicks marched along Fifth Avenue on Friday in the annual Sidewalk Santa Parade.

The 109th annual parade has been around since 1902 and features about 50 fully suited, bell-ringing Sidewalk Santas from the Volunteers of America.

“For those of us who are fortunate enough to have had a big Thanksgiving dinner last night, our minds, our thoughts, our hearts have to turn toward all of our neighbors who are in great need,” Volunteers for America’s Rachel Weinstein said.

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After the jolly old stroll, the Volunteers of America Santas are stationed across Manhattan.

The donations they raise are used for a holiday food voucher program for needy residents.

“You see the smile on their faces. It’s really nice and even grown-ups,” David Torres, who’s been a Santa for six years, said. “Things are really hard. Everything really helps.”

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