Salvation Army Distributes Toys and Food to Area Families for Christmas

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Christmas is always a stressful time, especially if you’re a family having problems making ends meet. But as Kris Schuller reports, thanks to the efforts of the Salvation Army, some 2,000 families in the Green Bay area will have happy holidays.

Inside Shopko Hall – the Salvation Army’s annual Christmas toy and food distribution is underway. Helping people like Christine Terrien, a single mom with four children, one of which is disabled.

“We get by barely and that’s when something like this helps out a lot,” said Terrien. 

Over the next two days nearly 2,000 families who need a little help, will find it here at Shopko Hall.  Where with the assistance of a volunteer shopper like Dominique McQueen, together they’ll select the perfect gifts.

“The holidays are hard for a lot of parents and to be able to ease any part of that burden is really a good thing,” McQueen said.

“I’m hoping to get my kids some games, they like board games, I know they like toys,” said Terrien.

“Every family will get gifts for each child, plus as a family they’ll receive a game and stocking stuffers, hats, mittens and gloves they might need,” said Nicole Hanley of the Salvation Army of Greater Green Bay.

Last year the Salvation Army distributed over 42,000 gifts, as well as over 2,000 food baskets. Items donated to the charity by numerous groups and organizations who are eager to help those struggling during the holidays.

“All they want is their holiday to kind of be like everyone else’s, like mine, like yours and that’s why it’s so important,” said Nan Pahl from the Salvation Army.

And thanks to the generosity of others – Christine Terrien’s family will have that happy holiday.

“I think it’s absolutely wonderful,” said Terrien. “A big blessing, huge blessing.” 

Over 600 volunteers are helping distribute the gifts and food. 

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