Pictures: Salvation Army’s Christmas Depot comes to a close

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.

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Adrienne Mayfield is an award-winning, multi-media journalist hailing from Clermont, Fla. She moved to Lynchburg, Va. on a whim when she was 19, and worked her way to Hampton Roads in 2013. Adrienne is passionate about telling people stories via covering public safety and the judicial system. She isn’t afraid to take a heads-on approach to covering crime, including knocking on doors to get the details police aren’t sharing. Adrienne is a 2014 Old Dominion University graduate who still lives within walking distance of the college. You may see her cruising around Downtown Norfolk on her bike, enjoying a sandwich from Grilled Cheese Bistro or playing fetch with her dog, Greta, at the Colonial Place dog park.