Salvation Army opens Angel Tree warehouse

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) Welcome to the north pole... Or at least Santa's east Tennessee satellite workshop.

Here you'll find boxes on boxes, soon to be filled with toys, making Christmas special for so many little boys and girls.

"It's the best time. It's the joy of it," said volunteer Debbie Arinze.

This year the Salvation Army will fill the wishes of more than a thousand kids in Knoxville.

Making Christmas easier for people like Judy White and grand daughter Chloe.

"I'm disabled, and I raise her. And it's just... we live, you know, month to month. We pay our bills and we have food and that's how it is," said White.

After raising her own two daughters as a single mom, Judy's getting custody of Chloe just weeks away from Christmas.

"I know without help I wouldn't be able to see her that happy, she might get one or two gifts and that would break my heart," said White.

Now Chloe's wish list adorns one of these trees.

"It means everything because she's happy, and that's what matters most," said White.

And these elves can make her wishes come true , all before she wakes up Christmas morning.

"There's a lot to do. There's gift wrapping, what we're doing now, and filling gift baskets, so... We're playing Santa Clause," said Arinze.


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