Posted by Debra Worley - email
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The Salvation Army gave away about 20,000 toys Friday.
Nearly 1,000 families stood in line outside of the old Haverty's store on Oleander Drive beginning at 6:00 a.m., waiting for the doors to open at 7:30 a.m.
Parents picked up bags filled with clothes, stuffed animals, games, and other toys.
It's been a hard year for many families, and many parents said Christmas in their home wouldn't be possible without the Salvation Army's toy drive.
"It's important because we really don't have much as it is, because times are rough," said Ron Seward. "It's really important to me to make sure the kids are happy. As long as he's happy that's what counts. It's about the kids. It's not about the grown-ups. It's about the kids having their Christmas."
Over 100 volunteers have been working for weeks to collect and organize the toys.
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