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Salvation Army distributes food, toys for Christmas

Published On: Dec 21 2012 06:51:46 PM MST

Hundreds of Missoula families, including more than a thousand Missoula youngsters will have a bountiful Christmas, thanks to the Salvation Army, Toys for Tots, and local businesses.

It's the annual holiday food distribution and toy drive.

Kate Dauven picks up a holiday box at the Salvation Army.

The food inside will keep her busy.

"I cook for the neighbors in the building," said Dauven.

Volunteers stuff boxes with a turkey, dressing and gravy.

Dennis Fisher is an Albertsons store director.

"The message," said Fisher,.
"is that nobody should go hungry for the holidays."

Salvation Army visitors are used to tradeoffs.

"Either they wouldn't  be able to have Christmas dinner of they would not be able to make their rent next month perhaps," said Elizabeth DeGarmo, a volunteer with the Salvation Army.

The Marine Corps Reserves sponsors Toys for Tots.

Reservists work closely with Santa.

"This kind of helps them see a light at the end of the tunnel," of many of the low income folks who come here, said Kristi Faust from Toys for Tots,