We’re one week away from Christmas, and the giving continues. The Wheeling Salvation Army crossed Ohio County off their list for the Angel Tree, presenting the families with their gifts.
As the presents were given out Monday an obvious joy passed over the room as people were moved to tears at the generosity of others.
“It’s a blessing to have the Salvation Army in my life right now,” said Angel Tree recipient Pansy Saunders.
You could see the Christmas spirit in the eyes of many local families as they collected the presents donated specifically for their children from the Salvation Army Monday.
“There are so many out here that really needs the help, and if it wasn’t for the Salvation Army where would they get their help from, where would they get their things from,” Saunders said.
Pansy has custody for six of her grandchildren, and tells 7News they make Christmas a lot easier, and a lot more joyful in her household, “They have been in my life for six years now, and without them I don’t know where I would get the extra help from; I really wouldn’t.”
The Salvation Army gave around two-to-three hundred gifts to low-income families, along with food for the holiday and a stocking stuffer table which parents could collect more presents. Captain Benny Carringer of the Wheeling Salvation Army says he used to be a recipient of Angel Tree gifts, and now he’s honored to be apart of such an amazing process.
“There is a child who is going to have something to open for Christmas,” said Carringer. “It warms your heart to know that you’re making an eternal impact, and that you’re making an impact in that child and in that family.”
Here at 7News we’re happy to help make that impact last through our Share to Give campaign. We were able to ensure over 130 kids would have one of those presents to open this year.
The Wheeling Salvation Army isn’t done yet though; they’ll be crossing Marshall, Tyler and Wetzel counties off their list on Thursday and Friday.