The Salvation Army gave away more than 45,000 toys to local children this holiday season, and the organization is not finished.
On Wednesday, families were picking out gifts at the distribution center. Five thousand more people signed up to shop for presents this year. Maj. Angie Pennington said this is a record for the Salvation Army in Milwaukee County.
"There are many families who work really hard. They're struggling to make ends meet every day," Pennington said.
Local organizations and individuals make this event possible with their donations.
"So this is Christmas, and what a great opportunity for the community to show love for each other by helping to provide gifts for those who are less fortunate," Pennington said.
The Salvation Army will host the organization's biggest feast in the country on Christmas Day. The event is free and open to the public from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Wisconsin Center.
People don't have to sign up ahead of time, and organizers will pass out gifts to children.
"We have a variety for all age groups," Pennington said.
The Salvation Army is looking for donations so it has enough toys to give away on Christmas. They are most in need of gifts for teenagers. Some suggestions include makeup kits, body spray and headphones.
You can drop off gift donations at the Salvation Army Distribution Center in Milwaukee at 5880 N. 60th St.