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Jonesboro, AR -- Lauren Payne Reports

Distribution day for the Salvation Army

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"It means the world to us because without it, our Christmas wouldn't be nearly as good," said mother of one child, Tonya McDonald.

Most of the toys inside the boxes have been donated through the Salvation Army's Angel Tree program.  In addition, kettle donations helped buy more toys and even some food. Those items were distributed Tuesday in Jonesboro. Latrice Cooper says she just started working and a lot of gifts just aren't in the budget, but thanks to the generosity of strangers one more child will have something new this Christmas.

"I'm very thankful and blessed," said Cooper.

Lisa Gueno is one of many volunteers distributing toys.

"I think it's very worth while," said Gueno.

She says it's a lesson in generosity and kindness that she wanted her children to be a part of too.

"I was shocked by both the need and the outreach that people were given," said Gueno.

Major Craig Greenham, with the Salvation Army, says about 600 families will be getting this Christmas assistance.

"In times where we're concerned about if we are going to make it, we always do," said Greenham.      

They are gifts for those who otherwise may get nothing, and a testament to the kindness of area residents.

"I'm glad to see the spirit of Christmas alive and well," said Greenham.

Tonya McDonald clings to a box full of gifts she's sure her daughter will love.  She says  being able to give her that and see her child's smile is something she will treasure.

"To be able to give this to my daughter and know that she has something under the tree--it makes all the difference in the world," said McDonald.               

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