Angel Tree distribution helps families with holiday gifts

SALISBURY, Md. – One by one, nearly 500 families got their Christmas wish a little early this year thanks to the Salvation Army of the Lower Eastern Shore.

“The Salvation Army helps a lot,” said Natasha Carter, a Salisbury resident.

“Anybody that’s struggling and is in need the Salvation Army is a really good place to come to,” said Carter.

On Saturday, the Salvation Army held their annual Angel Tree distribution event where volunteers handed out all sorts of bikes and bags filled with toys and more, to families who needed them most.

“To know that my two little girls and my son get to get the things they really most wanted for Christmas and to know that people who are out there are willing to still help one another it feels really, really good,” said Samantha Hines, a Salisbury resident.

Natasha Carter says medical bills have gone through the roof. So, getting her kids gifts this year has been rough.

“It’s hard right now because I have MS, my son has sickle cell and asthma and my daughter just got asthma and she has alopecia, so that back and forth doctor and medicine…,” said Carter.

“It’s kind of hard to get them anything for Christmas, really,” said Carter.

And, volunteers at the Salvation Army understand these needs, which is why they say they will do everything they can to help.

“As long as there are people in need, the Salvation Army is here to meet that need,” said Cristina Trantham, captain at the Salvation Army of the Lower Eastern Shore.

Organizers say more than 1,000 kids in the area will be getting Christmas gifts this year, thanks to the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program.

On Saturday, families also got the chance to grab chicken, from Perdue Farms, for the season.

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