Kroc Center's annual distribution drive benefits families, brings cheer this holiday season
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- An annual Christmas Distribution Day was held to benefit families in need this holiday season.
On Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 8 a.m., the Salvation Army, community volunteers and the U.S. Marine Corps acted as 'special elves' bringing gifts for families struggling to make ends meet.
More than 1200 families were served by the South Bend Kroc Center through its assistance program.
Each household received a bag of warm clothes and supplies as well as a food basket.
Gifts and stocking stuffers were given to approximately 2200 children on the 'Angel Tree' by 'Guardian Angels.'
The goal of the event is to add some holiday cheer to struggling families this holiday season.
Senior Kroc Officer Maj.Monty Wandling said, "It's not just about the gifts. It's about the experience of coming and being shared with. I call it being loved on, cared about and then them leaving here feeling like wow they really care. I was important and I am imporatnt and we want them to feel like that when they leave."
The 'Guardian Angels' were comprised of corporations, groups and individuals who volunteered their time to shop for children in need and provide them gifts and joy.