All week long we've been telling you about incredible acts of kindness and giving. Thursday was another big gift distribution day for families in need. This one thanks to the Salvation Army and US Marines.
The line was long, but the gifts were plenty. The Salvation Army's angel tree was a huge success this year. 840 children will receive gifts this Christmas thanks to generous donations from the Brazos Valley.
“This is the greatest, giving community. We have been overwhelmed by the amount of stuff people have given. I believe that they have gotten more gifts this year than they received in several years. The turnout was wonderful," said Captain Beth Sturdivant with the Salvation Army.
The U.S. Marines also provided presents through their toys for tots program and helped distribute them. Parents and kids anxiously waited for their bag full of goodies.
“It’s good. I have 3 kids and they're going to have a good Christmas this year," said Dametri Sullivan.
“I’m happy that they donated the toys to other people that need them. They're good people for donating them and spending their time to do this for us," said Camiella Lewis.
As families parted with gifts given in love, it's the feeling they received that will last beyond the holiday.
“It’s an incredible thing and it's a lifetime impression that it makes and I believe this will make a lifetime impression on people for years to come," said Sturdivant.
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