Salvation Army distributes food and gifts - KOTA Territory News

Salvation Army distributes food and gifts

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The Salvation Army's annual distribution of food and Christmas gifts kicked off Wednesday.

It's a tradition that families in KOTA Territory really appreciate; especially during the holiday season.

"I think she might like this," said Anna Shirk while shopping for a Christmas gift for her 10 year old daughter.

Like more than 600 area families the Salvation Army serves during the holiday season, Shirk and her daughter Kari are shopping for Christmas presents.

"I got one thing that she really wanted so it makes me really happy that I got something for her," said Shirk.

"I'm happy that she's going to have something on her first Christmas to open on her own," said Kari Smith who is shopping for her daughter.

This year, Major Elizabeth Beardsley with the Salvation Army says they've made a change in the way they're distributing the gifts.

"I wanted the parent to have the satisfaction and the feeling of being able to come and chose a gift for their children themselves. They know what the children like, they know what the children already have and don't have and it just gives them ownership in choosing the gifts for their children instead of having us do it," said Major Beardsley.

Not only are the families able to chose gifts for their children, the Salvation Army also distributes close to 18 hundred boxes full of food for the holiday.

"My daughter and I are not going hungry, and they help us with clothes and food and everything. I really appreciate it," said Shirk.

And seeing how appreciative all the families are, Beardsley says, makes all the hard work worthwhile.

"That's joy in itself, said Major Beardsley.

Major Beardsley says the Salvation Army received more than two thousand new and unopened gifts through the angel tree Christmas program.

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