COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Salvation Army is giving an early Christmas gift to hundreds of families in El Paso County. Thursday, they donated everything from food to toys on wish lists for those in need.
Long lines wrap around the Salvation Army as early as 7:30 a.m.
"This is awesome, it's absolutely awesome," said Trisha Kinser, from Colorado Springs.
Long lines gave an idea of just how many people the Salvation Army is helping out this holiday season.
"This is our first year. We were offered from my sons day care and thought we'd come check it out," Kinser said.
Kinser has been without a job since July. She and her husband are among 400 families in Colorado Springs who are receiving an early Christmas present.
"Families come and sign up with the Salvation Army for Christmas assistance and we get their kids exact gift wishes. Then we send out the tags to malls, restaurant and people," said Meagan Ruff, a cadet with the Salvation Army.
The donations start with families picking out home goods.
"It looks like sheets, comforters, they call this the bed bath beyond area," Kinser said.
Then families move onto toys, all of which were donated by families in the community.
"Seeing all the toys and seeing all these things come in has been really over whelming and great to see how giving the community is," Ruff said.
Families also receive a bag of food including potatoes, chicken, canned goods and more.
For the Kinser's, a family of six they say anything helps.
"It helps out a lot, it does. When Christmas is small for them to get necessities especially the stuff you can't afford to replace throughout the year, so it's great," she said.
The Salvation Army is also hosting their annual Christmas dinner on Sunday for families in need.