Sixty first grade students at a Torrance Elementary school received early holiday cheer today.

Students in Mrs. Zornitsky’s class at Howard Wood Elementary were full of excitement as each received literacy bags thanks to Operation Teddy Bear, a program that encourages literacy to first grade students in need. The bag contains books, pencils, coloring books and flash cards.

Veterans put the bags together at the Volunteer Center in Torrance and Torrance-based company Alcoa Fastening Systems employees volunteered their time to pass out the bags and to read to the children.

The bags are all funded by donations, and the students say it made them feel very special.

Howard Wood Elementary and Torrance Elementary students qualified to receive the bags. Nearly 5,600 students across L.A. County are eligible to benefit from Operation Teddy Bear.