By SAM HOUSEHOLDER email@example.com
---- — More than 140 families will have presents under the tree Wednesday thanks to the help of the Salvation Army’s annual Adopt-a-Family program.
According to Goshen Salvation Army Major Karen Hanton, the program provided gifts for 147 families and with food box distribution and other programs the church does, it will help around 450 families total.
“It remains steady every year,” she said. “It never seems to ease up.”
Hanton said it is all made possible by the generosity of the community to give gifts to families they don’t even know.
“The community has been wonderful we couldn’t do this without them,” she said.
“When the family opens the gifts (Christmas) morning it’s from mom and dad, the kids don’t know that all these wonderful people in the community helped them out.”
She said that groups of 10 to 15 volunteers worked to load gifts into cars Friday until 4 p.m.
Lela Sade Morales of Goshen was picking up the gifts she received and was surprised at the generosity that strangers provided for her and her two children.
“I’m speechless right now,” Morales said. “I didn’t think we were going to get all this I was just grateful for whatever they gave me.
Times are hard…I’m working seven days but they aren’t paying much right now. It means a lot,” she said.
She said she intends to write a thank you letter to the people that helped her out.
“I’m grateful, I hope they are blessed twelve times,” she said. “They have a good heart.”
Morales said she doesn’t like accepting assistance but this year was especially tough for her.
“I don’t really like asking for help, it’s an ego thing I always feel like there is someone else out there that needs it more than me and I’m just grateful,” she said.
Hanton said that people may still donate to the food box distribution by dropping items off at the church and said that the kettle donations that the church uses to fund their programs year-round are down this year and that people could donate that way as well.
She also said that the church is in need of bell ringers. Overall though, she said the support that public gives to their fellow citizens is good to see.
“The community is awesome, great, the support is just so wonderful,” she said.