The Salvation Army of Augusta helped thousands of local families this holiday season thanks to the generosity of their neighbors.
"The overwhelming support of the community helped make our Christmas program a success; we couldn't have done it without their support," said Maj. John Carter, the commanding officer of The Salvation Army.
Contributions from in-kind donations and hundreds of volunteers totaled $232,692, a 1 percent increase over 2000.
The organization's Christmas assistance program provided gifts for 2,224 families during the holiday season. Families received everything from toys and stocking stuffers to clothes and groceries.
Families were not the only recipients of the program. Gifts also were delivered to several institutions, including nursing homes, the Veterans Administration and Gracewood hospitals, the youth detention center, Augusta State Medical Prison and the Richmond County Correctional Institution.
In addition, the Angel Tree program provided special gifts for 500 local children.
Reach Ashlee Griggs at (706) 823-3552.