Holiday Hopes is going home with nearly a thousand families across the Coastal Empire thanks to the generosity of the community and a pair of annual programs from the Salvation Army.
Major Paul Eagan says there are almost 2,500 children who will receive Christmas presents that were beyond their parent’s means to deliver.
“Because this community loves people so much we are able to celebrate in, in fantastic ways of giving out toys and gifts, happy times, not just the need, but some of the wants,” Eagan said.
The gift distribution is set up in the Salvation Army’s Community Center on Bee Road in Savannah, where recipients are seen by appointment. Packages for the Angel Tree Program and the Holiday Hope Toy Shop have transformed the gymnasium into Santa’s workshop of sorts.
One mother traveled from Hinesville to pick up the presents donated for her children.
“It’s very important because not every parent has the funds to be able to meet what their children want for Christmas and you come here to the Salvation Army and you put down what your child wants and they do whatever they can to meet your expectation on what your child wants. They actually do it. My kids got the bikes they asked for and we’re excited,” she said with a smile.
Major Eagan says all the families leave their distribution center with the fixings for a holiday meal including a turkey.
He says distributions will continue Wednesday for both of their Christmas programs. Thursday is when senior citizens can come in and pick up what they need for a holiday meal.