Ardmore Salvation Army Begins Distribution

12-21-06 Hundreds of families in southern Oklahoma will have food on the table and gifts under the tree thanks to a local charity and its army of volunteers. The Salvation Army in Ardmore began handing out toys and canned food to more than 700 families in a five county area. Most parents said they feared their kids would have to go without this Christmas, but thanks to hundreds of generous donors, they will have plenty of presents to unwrap.

People were lined up outside the door waiting to pick up their bags of gifts. Money from the Red Kettle Campaign and Angel Tree Project made it all possible. Volunteers collected more than $40,000 through the Red Kettle alone. Earlier in the year families signed up to receive food and presents. They were chosen based on need. The Ardmore Salvation Army supports families in Carter, Love, Murray, Marshall and Johnston Counties.

The Salvation Army will open its doors Friday for needy families who did not sign up in advance to come out and pick up gifts and food. They'll be distributing those goods until they run out.