Christmas is usually an exciting time for children, but for hundreds of Salt Lake area youngsters, Dec. 25 may be just a day like all others in their small world.

To the parents of these boys and girls, the difficult part is trying to explain why Santa Claus visited other children in the neighborhood but "he must have overlooked" their family or "he probably ran out of toys by the time he got to us.""Maybe he'll come next year," the children are told.

Maybe Santa Claus can come this year - thanks to donors who sign up for the Deseret News Santa's Helping Hand program.

Donors wanting to help may call the Deseret News at 237-2139 to request a family.