Weston-based charity Our Neighbor was wrapping up its Angel Tree program Monday morning, as individuals and groups alike brought in toys for hundreds of Lewis County kids. And on this day, there's one thing organizers need more than any other.
"Lots and lots of volunteers. And we have a good group of volunteers, I mean, lots of ladies and gentlemen, and they're willing, they haul things in their trucks and they're willing to do anything," said Our Neighbor's Sandy King.
Wanda McClain volunteers with Our Neighbor throughout the year. She said she won't be there when the families come to pick up their gifts, but she thinks it's a job that's absolutely worth the effort.
"Just the joy of seeing people being helped. I start with it on the sign-up and then we work with it from the end of October to Christmas," McClain said.
While the toys are the big focus, that's not the only thing Our Neighbor provides. Toys are one part of making Christmas bright for these families, but Our Neighbor is also making sure they have a good meal.
"Each family will get a food box, and the gifts for their children. The gifts will all be in big bags ready to go, and the food boxes are prepared according to the number of people in the family, and they'll just get both," said King.
King has been working with the angel tree drive for about twenty years, and said she's always glad to see the reactions from the families when they pick up their packages.
"They are very excited, and we have several that go out crying because they just can't believe the items they're getting for their families, and they're just very, very happy and appreciative, very appreciative," King said.
King said more than 1,000 people will benefit from the program this year.