Local Salvation Army distributes presents to nearly 1,300 kids

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – Toys you may have donated this season will end up under the trees of kids around the Triangle this Christmas thanks to The Salvation Army and other local organizations.

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Janet Holmes’ daughter is one of those kids.

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Holmes got to hand pick some toys for Santa to deliver on Christmas. One of them is “Operation,” a game that Holmes said is one of her favorites and reminds her of her childhood.

“This is one of the games that I thought was quite pricey for me due to my income and I’m just glad that The Salvation Army had it,” she said.

Now Holmes’ daughter will get to enjoy the game, along with all the other toys she’ll be getting.

“She’s already excited, so it’s just a matter of when I see her wake up that morning and see those things under the Christmas tree, just the excitement will make us very happy,” said Holmes.

The community helped fill an entire warehouse for The Salvation Army.

Some of those toys came from WNCN’s “Stock the Sled” toy drive where nearly 2,000 toys were collected in a single day.

People have to sign up pretty early in order to be eligible to receive toys, said Robert Viera, a captain with The Salvation Army.

“We started way back in October registering the families,” he said.

The Salvation Army has distributed the toys to more than 600 families in Durham, Person and Orange counties, benefitting nearly 1,300 kids.

“This is why we do what we do – to be able to hand over a bag to a family,” Viera said. “Again, we know that it’s material things. It’s toys. But, it’s a representation of hope. Letting a family know, ‘Hey, we care and not only do we care, but people in the community care.’”

Even though The Salvation Army has already distributed toys, you’ll still see the bell ringers collecting money in their red kettles.

The organization hopes that people will continue their generous giving through the holiday season because that money helps pay for programs throughout the year.

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