Salvation Army Workers Want to Bring Christmas to Families in Need

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

HARRISONBURG, Va -- Connie Walters wants to put a smile on her grand children's faces this holiday season. She filled out paperwork to make sure they would have a nice meal and a present during the holidays, otherwise, they would spend the holiday empty handed.

“This means the kids will have a little something at Christmas. That's what it means,” said Walters.

Walters signed up to receive Christmas assistance at the Salvation Army. Families, like hers, will receive a basket and toys for their children.

In their Christmas baskets, families will find a turkey or a chicken, and they will also get some holiday fixings like gravy and cranberry sauce.

Capt. Duane Burleigh with the Salvation Army said they are here to make sure every kid has a Christmas.

"If we can help ease their mind with that and maybe help them by allowing them to use money that normally they would spend on toys and things like that on more important bills," said Capt. Burleigh.

He said they want to help as many people as possible, but they also have a tight budget.

“Last year, we did about a 1,000 families. I hope we don't go many more than that but I'm afraid with the need, we might have to.”

Veronica Leanos is coming to get help for the first time and she said it is hard having three children and working part-time.

"I think it's great for people who are not working or don't have that many resources because it's something we can use for our children," said Leanos.

She said that it is hard for kids to wake up on Christmas without any gifts.

“I think I would be sad but I think the love you give your children also counts. Sometimes when they're kids, they don't understand. They're also very happy when they have presents."

Walters said at least she can be sure her grandchildren will have gifts to open.

“Well you know they're gonna get something whether I have the money or not,” said Walters.

If you missed the sign-up, it will run each day this week from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. On Thursday, it will run a even later, until 7 p.m. You just need your ID, your child's ID and proof you live in Harrisonburg or Rockingham County.

The address of the Harrisonburg Salvation Army is:
185 Ashby Avenue
Harrisonburg, Va

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