SAN DIEGO (CNS) - More than 900 needy families will benefit from the annual distribution of holiday gifts that begins Saturday at the Salvation Army Kroc Center in East San Diego.
The families who have signed up for assistance encompass about 1,500 children, according to the Salvation Army. Last year, 836 families with 1,375 children were helped.
The Kroc Center's skate park has been transformed into the "Toy n' Joy Shop." Parents will walk through the shop Saturday and Monday to select two gifts and a stocking stuffer for their children.
The presents were donated by the community.
Distributions will also take place at Salvation Army centers in Chula Vista, Clairemont, downtown San Diego, El Cajon, Escondido and Oceanside.
Between them, nearly 5,300 families with nearly 15,000 children will be helped this year, according to the Salvation Army.
Recipients have already been selected and will be shopping by appointment. The Salvation Army suggests other families needing holiday assistance call 2-1-1 to access local services.