ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Missouri – The Salvation Army is preparing to make the holiday season brighter for thousands of families in the St. Louis area.
From Tuesday to Thursday, volunteers will distribute gifts to more than 4,000 children as part of The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program. They will also give families blessing bags filled with toiletries and other essentials.
Salvation Army Lt. Brenna James helped the Florissant distribution center prepare for this week’s giveaway.
“I’ve been on the other side in need,” James said. “I came over on Christmas Day and they made sure my kids had what they needed, and I had what I needed, and I stayed with them.”
This holiday season, several Angel Trees were on display at participating Honda dealerships in the area. Instead of ornaments, the trees were decorated with “wishlist” labels. People could stop, take a tag from the tree, buy gifts from the wishlist, and drop them off at the Salvation Army.
“The wish lists included the things most needed and wanted,” said Marisa McCluer, captain of the Salvation Army Gateway Community Center in southern St. Louis County. “The community came together to make Christmas happen to these 4,000 children. ”
From baby Yoda boxes to brand new bikes, thousands of gifts are lined up, ready to give the children of the region a great holiday.
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