(12/19/13) - The Salvation Army's downtown Flint location was overflowing with holiday spirit, Thursday.
The Army's annual Christmas Toy Shop is now open.
Jodi Walt Has fallen on hard times. For her, the holiday's are even harder.
But on this day - a smile and gratitude.
"It's humbling, very humbling, I'm grateful," she said.
Walt is among hundreds of families who are receiving Christmas assistance from the Salvation Army.
The Flint location filled their gym with toys and clothing so parents could "shop" for their kids.
"It's nice to come in here and they walk you right through it and they're really nice people and it's nice to know there are people out there who care," Walt said.
"The way we like to distribute is for them to be able to choose for their children themselves. I think that it maintains dignity and I mean it's the shopping experience and you get to go and choose," said Major Kris Augenstein, of the Salvation Army.
The families, who signed up in advance, also walked away with a box of food - enough to feed them for a week.
"This is my children's Christmas. It means a lot," Walt said.
"It's a blessing for those who are less fortunate than others to come out and be able to get donations that people have given to the Salvation Army," said recipient Kacetta Grear.
The families aren't the only ones who walk away with a appreciation - volunteers who guide them are equally as thankful.
"It just always reminds me that no matter how hard things are, someone has it worse and it makes me feel good to help someone out," said volunteer Ashley Mikulenas.
The Toy Shop is funded by your red kettle donations, as well as other donations that come in through the community.
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