(WICHITA, Kan.) — It’s distribution day for the Salvation Army. Over 5,000 families representing well over 20,000 parents and children will pick up Christmas gifts and food vouchers that have been donated by citizens of Wichita and frozen turkeys from Cargill.
The distribution is part of the Salvation Army’s “Mission of Hope” Christmas assistance program. Distribution is expected to last all day.
"I'm grateful that there are people out there that care enough to help," said Stela Norman.
This is the first time Norman has had to ask for help in order to give her three kids a Christmas.
"Last year it was a great Christmas, but this year I lost my job," Norman said.
When Thursday is over more than 5,000 families will have big white bags filled with Christmas gifts, food vouchers, turkeys and hand crafted wooden toys.
Kenny Hill isn't just a volunteer; he's part of the Sunflower Woodworkers Gill. They brought more than 1,000 of the toys to give away.