Angel Tree program will help make Christmas bright for 2,700 families

Volunteers deliver gifts to thousands of families through Salvation Army Angel Tree

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Monday morning brought the start of the the annual Angel Tree gift distribution.

Approximately 2,700 WAVE Country families will get gifts this Christmas because of all the people who supported the Angel Tree program. More than 120 volunteers a day are helping to sort and hand out gifts to families this holiday season.

Every fifteen minutes, 45 families will pick up gifts from the Salvation Army Joy Center through Wednesday. Tressica Robinson said she has looked forward to gift distribution day for the past three years because it makes all the difference to her family during the holiday.

“They know everyone has a struggle, and this is the best time to help give back every year,” Robinson said. “Soon I would love to be a part of that, to help give back.”

Volunteers signed up as early as July to hand out gifts to families like the Robinsons. Nancy Warfield has volunteered on distribution day for the past four years. Warfield said every year this day impacts her life.

“(It’s great to know) that they appreciate it,” Warfield said. “We’re doing something for the kids because it’s all about the kids.”

In addition to their gifts, each family gets a Kroger gift card worth at least $50. The giving doesn’t stop there. Monday morning, Kroger presented a check for more than $350,000 to the Food Angel program.

Families can pick up their gifts Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.

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