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Salvation Army Begins Distributing Holiday Help Packages

<div>(Springfield, MO) -- There are some very happy families in Springfield tonight after a day full of free shopping.<br>
(Springfield, MO) -- There are some very happy families in Springfield tonight after a day full of free shopping.

Wednesday was the first day of The Salvation Army's Christmas assistance distribution.

Nearly 1,000 families received assistance, which includes toys and winter weather accessories. Families were also given a box full of food, as well as a voucher for meat.

More than 100 volunteers were there to help sort out the items. They packed a "mother's bag" for each family, including stocking stuffers and puzzles.

"And so the volunteers are paired with the family," says Major Norman Grainger. "They'll walk through. It's set up like a normal store but we walk them through. We take them through the age groups. We show them the selection of toys and the volunteer helps the individual shop."

Distribution took place at the organization's main location on Chestnut Expressway. Tomorrow, the hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Last year, about 900 families signed up for the holiday help.
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