Toy Convoy Gifts Received by Those in Need

By: Lauren McKay
By: Lauren McKay

The true meaning of the holidays for so many is giving and that meaning was made possible by many of you. The items you've given to Toy Convoy were placed in the hands of those in need today. The most successful Toy Convoy to date. With community members reaching out and making a difference for more than 400 families. Those who are receiving are thankful. "I think it's awesome because there's a lot of people out there that cannot afford things for Christmas, they can't afford food, because it's either stuff under the tree or food on the table or heat. Thank you from the bottoms of my heart, there's just no words to describe how much I appreciate it," says Kathy Hartje who received gifts. "They've been helping me for the last 20 some years with my first ones so it's pretty nice they're doing this year," says Brenda Mitchell who received gifts. "I think it's blessed what they doing, helping people and families at Christmas season," says Fatima Gordon who received gifts. For the 20 Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary Members this is the day they've all been waiting for. They can finally put a name to a face. "When they come in with a smile on their face especially and the individuals come in and see what they're getting and the volunteer could help make that wish come true, that makes it a very Merry Christmas for them," says Major Samuel VanDenberg, salvation army officer. "Thank you, to everybody thank you for everybody that has donated and has taken their time to do this for us, thank you," says Tina Lam who received gifts. Organizers say it's wonderful to see the spirit that's in the Valley with everyone wanting to reach out and help others.

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