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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - Hundreds of people feasted on a holiday meal today and helped children in need at the same time.

It was all part of the 4TH   annual Misfit Christmas Brunch in south city dedicated to helping worthy causes.

The event is put on by Tenacious Eats, a business that combines food and films for unique eating experiences.

People of all ages came out... some in their pajamas.

They watched Christmas kids movies and had dishes from several different restaurants.

Elizabeth Schuster who owns Tenacious Eats and organized the event, said, 'We told everyone wear your pajamas, wear anything that`s comfy, we have a ton of soft snow in the front for the kids to relax.'

The event took place at the Marine Corps League`s South St. Louis detachment number 183 on Leona Street.

Elizabeth puts on all of her events at that site

But the location took on extra significance on this day because all of the proceeds from the brunch are going to help the Marines long standing Toys for Tots program.

The effort helps provide toys for children in need.

People bought tickets for the brunch; some even brought toys with them to donate as well.

The Marines are grateful saying some 40,000 kids in the St. Louis area need help with toys this holiday season.

'This organization who raises money for toys for tots allows me to receive the money and buy one hundred percent of the toys that are needed for their children ages zero to 13,' said Gunnery Sergeant Thomas Lyons, the Marines Toys for Tots coordinator.

Chris Skiles and his wife Melanie VanDkye came out with one of their children and some friends.

They think this is a great way to help kids who need it.

'I think it is incredibly important. I think to be able to give back and to be able to donate to causes, especially causes that are centered around kids,' said Melanie.

Elizabeth added, 'Let`s wrap our arms around each other and not just say well I`ve got this going on and I`ve got that going on and life is so hectic and busy-take a moment, give somebody a hug, let`s think about each other.'

Adult tickets were $20 in advance for adults and $10 ahead of time for children.

The Marines are hoping to raise about $6,000 from today`s event and also bring in about 300 toys.