Generosity During the Holidays

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EAST STROUDSBURG -- Many children in the Poconos now have presents to open Christmas morning, thanks to the Salvation Army in East Stroudsburg.

Stuffed animals, dolls and footballs are just some of the donated toys waiting to be placed under the Christmas tree and unwrapped Christmas morning.

These toys are some of the hundreds parents can choose from at the Salvation Army's annual toy distribution in East Stroudsburg.

"It's very impressive. This year was probably the best one they had," said Amber Miller of East Stroudsburg.

Miller is shopping around for her four children.

She calls the Salvation Army a blessing, especially for her family during its time of need.

"I'm just happy because the kids get what they need," said Miller.

With a volunteer by her side, Amber goes through the toy room at the Salvation Army, carefully picking and choosing the perfect toys for her little ones.

Across the hall is the "Angel Tree" program, another toy donation program at the Salvation Army.  Basically, people will buy toys for a particular child in need.  Two of Amber's young children benefited from this program.

"It helps a lot because families that don't have money, they get presents either way. It definitely helps a lot," said Miller.

If you or someone you know - who lives in Monroe County - needs help putting toys under the tree, come out to the Salvation Army on Washington Street in East Stroudsburg this Friday at 10:00 a.m.

Be sure to bring proof of income, address, birth certificates or custody papers.