CLEVELAND - It will be a very merry Christmas for over 3,000 families in northeast Ohio, thanks to The Salvation Army of Greater Cleveland.
The Salvation Army is hosting their annual Christmas Distribution Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day for 3,245 families, including 8,000 children.
The pre-registered families are going to the Army's distribution warehouse on Grant Avenue in Cleveland by appointment. Here, parents will have the opportunity to choose a toy for each of their children, 12 years old and younger.
Along with the toys, families will also receive a Dave's Supermarket gift card to buy groceries for the holidays. This families previously received coats through the "Coats for Kids" campaign.
In a press release, Major Lurlene-Kay Johnson, Divisional Secretary for The Salvation Army of Greater Cleveland, said, "In the past volunteers packed presents for the families but this year by allowing parents to choose a toy, it gives them more ownership and a feeling that the gift is from them because they chose it personally for their little one."
Volunteers from Quicken Loans, Dominion East Ohio, Best Buy, PNC Bank, Progressive Insurance, The Federal Reserve, Target, Fifth Third Bank, students from Glenville, Hayes and Rhodes High Schools and many others helped with the distribution.