Pace's dog Missy, a Chihuahua, was giving birth to puppies. The first pup was born at 6:26 a.m.; they named him Noel.
Pace said she and her sister had just lost the place they were staying because of a misunderstanding with a friend. They two currently are making their way on the streets, looking for work and trying to get back on their feet.
Pace said even though it's tough trying to feed herself and a dog, she couldn't give up on Missy.
“I rescued Missy off the streets,” she said. “I wouldn't leave her behind for anything. I'm here to take care of her as she becomes a mom.”
The dreary weather outside could do nothing to dampen the mood inside. A visit from Santa put smiles on all the kids' faces while warm food and tasty pie lifted the spirits of everyone else.
“Even if it's for just a few hours, it's nice to have a good Christmas again,” Thompson said.