Salvation Army distribution begins

Knoxville (WVLT) -- They have been at it for more than a month and after all the hours of bell ringing and special collections, soldiers of the Salvation Army spent Saturday handing out holiday baskets.

By this evening, the army was on pace to help nearly 2,500 children around the Tennessee Valley

"We think it makes a great impact,” said Don Vick, the area commander for the Salvation army. “A lot of these folks have kids who don't get much. Some of them do not get anything for Christmas except this program. So we want to make that a great day for people even though their other days might not be so great.”

Saturday morning also marked the 9th Annual Weigels Family Christmas.

170 children were taken to the K-Mart on Broadway to pick out Christmas presents.

After the shopping they returned to the Salvation Army for a festive lunch with volunteers.

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