Salvation Army Providing Thousands with Food and Toys for Christmas

The Salvation Army is making sure thousands of Sacramento area families will have food on the table, and presents under the tree, this Christmas.

More than two hundred volunteers spent Thursday at Cal Expo passing out food and toys to nearly two thousand families during the Salvation Army's annual Christmas Distribution.

Mohammed and his family are grateful.

“It is very helpful and useful,” he said while waiting in line to pick up toys for his children.   “Nowadays, low-income families need support and the kids are so happy to get gifts…”

14,000 toys are being passed out this year including remote control cars, Legos, Barbie dolls, basketballs, scooters, and even bicycles.

“We only had a little budget so it’ll really help us to get some actual toys,” said Doreen as she moved from the toy line to the food line with her two children.  “We had needs.  We needed shoes and clothes and stuff like that so it’ll help to have some toys for us.”

As volunteers loaded chicken, dressing, fruits, beans and rice into the back of SUV's, mini-vans and pickup truck beds, there were plenty of smiles on the faces of those inside who now know their holidays will be a little brighter.

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