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Salvation Army grants Christmas wishes

By Colleen Donovan - bio | email 

HATTIESBURG, MS. (WDAM) - The annual toy and food distribution day at the Salvation Army is always busy, as families wait for their number to be called to receive a bundle of toys aimed at making this years Christmas a happy one. Andy Gilliam is the Captain of Hattiesburg's Salvation Army.

"Folks are in the Christmas mood, they are very happy. A lot of folks have come in. You see a lot of smiles, some tears of joy and thanks for the help they are receiving," said Gilliam.

Gilliam said 30 percent more people are receiving assistance this year, compared to Christmas 2008. The Salvation Army is helping 22-hundred Angels, and giving out over 12-hundred holiday food boxes.

"So folks have just poured out their hearts and really helped out a great deal and all of the angels are covered," said Gilliam.

About 80 volunteers lent their support to make sure the toys and food made their way to the right person. One young lady, Lauren Cate Leake is helping out for the first time this year.

Leake said, "It's so important to help people because when you are given responsibility and you are given a position to help people, then that is your responsibility to help people who can't help themselves."

And with every little Angel's wish come true, this is bound to be a very merry Christmas.

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