The Salvation Army distributed toys this week to nearly two thousand families who signed up for their Angel Tree donation program. "This is the culmination of a community-wide effort that's been going on for months," said Salvation Army's Major Mark Smith.
This year the community will help about 6000 children in our area. The Salvation Army collected the donations from people and organizations who adopted angels from the program. Major Smith told us that it warms their hearts to see the amount of people caring about their neighbors by donating.
Depending on their needs, families in our area will receive toys, food or a small gift card to help make their holidays more special. "To see the people getting the help and the gratitude that they're showing, they know somebody cares," Major Smith said. K.C. Kilpatrick, Salvation Army spokesperson, expressed her gratitude for the Ferguson family who donated the use of the warehouse they used to distribute the gifts. "We could not do this without them and donations from our community," Kilpatrick noted.
Volunteers from all over town helped gather the gifts and load people's cars with the donations. Volunteers from different businesses and organizations including local Boy Scouts, Marines and Harrah's employees were on hand to provide help to those people picking up their gifts. Geoffrey McCutcheon, a boy scout from Troop 9, told us that he felt he "was doing something great to help them because they're less fortunate, and it's nice to help them."
The Salvation Army will hold an emergency day on Thursday, December 23 for those parents who have not enrolled their children into any Christmas gift program.