WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - The Salvation Army is ready to distribute Christmas gifts to thousands of children who otherwise would have gone without this year.
Volunteers ground the gifts that included bicycles and other toys Tuesday at the Texas Army National Guard Armory in Wichita Falls.
1,200 children will pick up their gifts beginning Wednesday morning.
Taking the burden of gift giving off parents who are barely making ends meet has been a 125-year tradition for the Salvation Army.
In Wichita Falls, all three Walmart locations, Sikes Senter Mall, several other businesses, and the Wichita Falls Fire Department put up angel trees or donated toys.
Now that those trees are empty, the Texas Army National Guard building is full of toys.
"The best part is knowing that there is a child out there that (on) Christmas morning they have something under the tree that might not, if it wasn't for someone donating to the Salvation Army. That's well worth it," core officer for the Salvation Army, Charma Green said.
Families are also going to receive a Christmas dinner package as well.
Samantha Forester, Newschannel 6