The Salvation Army kicked off the first part of their holiday give a way Thursday.
The building on Putnam Avenue had an army of some 40 volunteers assisting those in need as they came in to pick up their food baskets.
"We actually get started in september to start preparing for this and we have anywhere between 5 and 6,000 volunteer hours just getting ready for distribution day," says Christmas Coordinator Joyce Krouskoupf.
Volunteer Beth Archer is a retired Grover Cleveland Middle School teacher and has been volunteering with the Salvation Army for the past 5 years.
"It actually makes my Christmas. It’s a lot of fun. I love to help the people pick out stuff for their kids," says Archer.
Several area schools are volunteering both Thursday and Friday as well as retired residents who want to give back. Don’t forget Friday is the food, toy and clothing distribution day running from 9am until 4pm.