The International Rescue Committee hosted their annual holiday party in Boise today for refugee families that are new to the Treasure Valley.

Every year families gather together to celebrate the winter holidays and to receive gifts bundles from the community.

The gifts include helpful household items like crock pots, as well as toys for kids.

Close to 60 families are a part of the program this year.

Event organizers say they love this event because it is a great way to welcome refugee families into the community.

"A lot of people come to us from different faiths and backgrounds, religions and culture, and say ‘hey this is a season that is important to us,’” said Megan Schwab, International Rescue Committee. “And we would like to share with our newest refugee neighbors, our newest community members, we would like to give to people a leg up who made need help this holiday season."

The gathering also featured music, kids' activities, middle-eastern sweets as well as Santa Claus.

Santa was popular today, lots of families stopped by and snapped a picture with Santa.