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PHOENIX – Some families participating in the Salvation Army’s Christmas Angel program got their gifts delivered curbside on Christmas Eve.
“This is my first time,” said Adriana Ramirez. “All the years that I didn't know we can do this - -we can come over here, sign up and get some free toys for our kids this Christmas.”
Ramirez picked up her bag of goodies from the Christmas Angel program at the Salvation Army's toy warehouse in Phoenix.
“I got some toys and clothes for the kids and I got a voucher from Bashas to get some food, too,” Ramirez said.
“It's so wonderful to be a part of this and to make sure kids our being taken care of, and it's just a great way to be a part of the community,” said Capt. Christine Morales with the Salvation Army.
Morales said 7,500 families will have gone through the drive-through before Christmas Day.
“The mom and dad are having a tough year, and to know their family is getting something really special on Christmas morning -- I just know, you can see it on their face -- it's made their day,” she said.
To make sure the bags are ready to go, volunteers like Maureen Ruangchamneil are lending a helping hand at the warehouse.
“When you’re putting that stuff in the trunk, you know they can't wait to get home and start wrapping that stuff,” she said.
“I give thanks to everyone because it's a lot of work, and they take their time to do this," Ramirez said, "and I'm really thankful for people like that.”