Christmas came early this year for about 5,000 families who received gifts from the Salvation Army Hampton Roads Area Command.
For five days, parents in need were invited to the Salvation Army’s annual Christmas Depot, where they picked out toys for their children and received boxes full of clothes and food.
Tuesday marked the final day of the Christmas Depot, with a line of parents ready to shop trailing out of the Virginia Beach Boulevard building. Choo-choo trains, blocks and Barbie dolls still lined the shelves of the toy store, although the stockings had run dry by day four.
“The people of Hampton Roads give sacrificially of their time, talent and treasurers to make the Christmas Depot happen. They are buying Christmas gifts for a child they will never meet,” said James Allison, the area commander of the Salvation Army of Hampton Roads.