Elizabeth City, N.C. – At a warehouse in Elizabeth City, people are working hard to make Christmas wishes come true.
It’s where the Salvation Army is organizing all the toys and clothes they’ve collected for kids in several area counties – a mission close to their hearts.
“For a parent to tell their child, ‘Well, we weren’t able to get you anything for Christmas,’ really, really gets to you,” said Major Butch Mallard.
Unfortunately, with just a few days left to collect, they only have half the toys they need.
“In northeastern North Carolina, we are in a depressed economy. We haven’t caught up with the rest of the country as far as unemployment,” said Mallard.
More than 1,500 families turned to them for help this year. Of those, there are still about 700 kids who need someone to pick up one of their tags on trees at area businesses.