An Army Offering Salvation By The Box

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Knoxville (WVLT) – The holidays are a time of year where we are often brought face to face with the needs of the less fortunate in our community.

But how much do we truly understand about another person's plight?

The Salvation Army has been on the front lines of that fight for more than a century.

On Saturday, they spent the morning preparing Christmas boxes.

For some of the volunteers, it gave them a glimpse of how the other half lives.

The charity is almost like an army in that they had a lot of help on Saturday, between the boxers and always visible bell ringers.

"We're just trying to find a way to make the boxes get filled as easily as possible," said Eileen Smith.

It may not be back breaking work, but plenty of heart driven effort is required.

So for hours, the crew of hard workers went about in teams, creating bountiful gifts.

Among them were younger folks from Webb Middle School, there to pitch in with the adults, some with years of experience.

“I guess you develop a technique,” said Ted Stewart, “whether you go down on one side or you alternate."

The packages of care were filled with the obvious staples along with common sense basics, all packed together with a sure hand for a total of 1,200 boxes.

"It makes you feel very lucky to have what you have and understand that people don't have as much,” Smith said.

The volunteering is a personal joy for some, but gives a deeper sense of hope to others.

"This really shows the true meaning of Christmas," said Raines. I'm blessed and God has truly blessed me. I'm thankful for what I've got and hopefully won't get to that point."

The boxes will be distributed next Saturday at 9:00 AM at the Food City Plaza on North Broadway.

Clothing and toys are part of the package.

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