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In Ciudad Juarez, where children say that Santa's too scared to visit, firefighters step in

It's nice to see the fire department helping these children have a merry Christmas when they believe it's too dangerous for St. Nick to come this year.  Read more here.

Gael Gonzalez / Reuters

A child bundles up against the cold as she waits with her family for care packages filled with wooden horses, dolls and stuffed animals in Ciudad Juarez, early morning, Dec.24. Children in Ciudad Juarez are telling a dark joke this Christmas: Even Santa Claus is too scared to stop in Mexico's most violent city because drug gangs will charge extortion fees on his toys. So, firefighters took Santa's place, trying to bring some holiday cheer to the beleaguered city across from El Paso, Texas, where more than 3,000 people have been killed in drug violence this year.

Gael Gonzalez / Reuters

A fire-fighter unloads children's bicycles from a truck in Ciudad Juarez on Dec. 24.

Gael Gonzalez / Reuters

A boy carries his gift as fire-fighters look on in Ciudad Juarez on Dec. 24.