jao1The Japanese American Optimist Club of Los Angeles (JAO) hosted its annual Christmas Party for underprivileged children from various locations throughout the Los Angeles area at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Center (formerly Maryknoll) in Little Tokyo on Dec. 21. Approximately 150 children enjoyed lunch, entertainment and gifts distributed by Santa. Pictured above from left: Julie To, Nicholas Awakuni, Miss JAO Jessica Kanai, Kevin Shimabukuro (JAO President), and Joyce Nakashima.

Photos by Richard Watanabe


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