A group of students from Southeast of Saline High School volunteered to help the Salina Salvation Army, and at the same time had a little fun playing the role of Santa’s elves. Several groups of students from the school’s National Honor Society helped during the Salvation Army’s Christmas Fund and Angel Tree distribution day.
Captain Lynn Lopez told KSAL News it was a great day. Lopez said “we’ve had a whole group of high school teenagers come out, and they are helping us to distribute toys to over four hundred families.” She said that her organization will serve upwards of two thousand people this year by the time they are done. “It is spectacular to see that many volunteers come together and just help us distribute, and know that children will have a good Christmas and warm clothes this winter,” Lopez added.
Southeast of Saline National Honer Society President Callie Caselman was among those volunteering. She told KSAL News that it was gratifying to be a part of such and event. She said ” there’s so many toys, it just makes me happy that these families will get a Christmas that they might not otherwise get if they didn’t have this help.”
Along with toys, which come from several sources including the Marine Toy Box program, clothing from the Angel Tree effort was also distributed. All 461 angels on the tree were adopted this year. Each angel represents an area child 12-years-old or younger who without a little help, might not otherwise have much of a Christmas.
According to the Salvation Army, during the distribution each family received two toys and two stocking stuffers for each child, a stuffed animal or a game for the family, a box of food, and a Dillons gift card.
Beginning Monday the Salina Salvation Army will allow people to walk in and sign up late for remaining gifts and gift cards.