Tucson holidays: Salvation Army Angel Tree program; Santa visits Diamond Children's hospital

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- The Salvation Army, was hard at work to help the needy this holiday season.

It held a "Stuff the Truck" event this weekend at Tucson and Park Place malls.  More than 500 toys were collected for the Angel Tree toy program.

"It's a lot of fun to give, and you can tell by the smiles on people's faces, and there's so many families and kids in need this year, so every one of those single toys this year, the financial donations and the quarters in the kettle makes a huge difference," said Tamara McElwee from the Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army hopes to collect 30,000 toys this year. Right now its about 10,000 toys short of that goal.


TUCSON, Ariz. -- Some patients at Diamond Children's received some toys and a special visit from Santa Sunday.

Mr. Claus teamed up with Tucson firefighters and the Lunch Break Program to visit with parents and pass out the gifts.

"Having Santa come really makes it feel like, you know, people are knowing what you're going through and they want to be there for you. People that you don't even know, they just, they want support," said Diamond Children's patient Riley Heflin.

Santa will return to Diamond Children's on Friday and Christmas Day to pass out more presents.