FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- The Fort Wayne Salvation Army received record-breaking donations of food, clothing, and toys for their Christmas gift-giving this year.
Families tell FOX 55 without the Salvation Army’s help, there wouldn’t be presents under their tree.
Salvation Army Social Service Director Timothy Smith says Monday alone, they served over a hundred families.
“We’re trying to fill and make sure every member of the family is taken care of,” Smith said.
One of those families is Laura Nino and her two boys Justin and Alexander.
It’s been difficult for Nino to find employment during the coronavirus pandemic.
“They are very happy with the toys. They’re very happy because they wanted a ball. With the little they have, they're very happy,” she said.
Jani Masenthin and her two grandchildren are also thankful.
“From the bottom of my heart, of our hearts, we’re so grateful that there is help,” Masenthin said.
She says they need money for food, gas, medication and they have limited resources to pay for it.
“Single mother lost her job. Grandma’s going through a divorce. No extra money.”
Smith says these families are two of many Fort Wayne residents struggling with unemployment.
“People that are working at a hotel or a restaurant and they’re lowering their staff because there are limitations. It's not their fault,” he said.
Families are grateful for the Salvation Army’s generosity this Christmas and are hopeful that the new year will be better for them financially.