BRYAN, Texas—Christmas wishes will soon come true for thousands of children in Brazos County.
The Salvation Army will be handing out donated gifts on Thursday to over 800 families in the area.
People across the Brazos Valley donated gifts to the Salvation Army through their annual Angel Tree program.
The community has donated thousands of bikes, toys, and clothing items for the children all under 12 years old.
The Salvation Army said this means so much to the families who are receiving these gifts.
“They’re in an economic position where they’re just not able to have Christmas,” said Captain Paul Ryerson of the Salvation Army Bryan/College Station.
“So, they came to the Salvation Army hoping to find a little bit of hope for the season,” he added.
Families signed up to be selected for the program in September, and the Salvation Army interviews them before the names are added to the Angel Tree.
Individual donors, corporate donors, and other groups sponsor the families and buy the gifts for the kids.
This year, Texas A&M University adopted over 1,000 kids from the Angel Tree.
Volunteers have been helping to sort and organize the gifts, and on Thursday they’ll be distributed to the families.
“Each child is going to be walking away with two or three toys and possibly a bike,” said Ryerson.
Ryerson said anyone who donates or volunteers just can’t help feeling the Christmas spirit.
“These families are going to have a Christmas this year all because of the gracious members of our community and the through the work of the Salvation Army,” said Ryerson.
However, Ryerson said that over 100 kids have not been adopted yet.
If you’d like to help, there's still time to adopt a child.
You can stop by the toy warehouse at 511 W. Carsen Street on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.