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updated: 12/19/2013 5:40 PM

Salvation Army plays Santa for needy Lake County families

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  • Salvation Army worker Stewart Porto loads a mini van with Christmas presents Thursday at the Salvation Army Waukegan Corps Community Center. The Angel Tree program provides gifts to more than 225 registered families, including 500 children.

       Salvation Army worker Stewart Porto loads a mini van with Christmas presents Thursday at the Salvation Army Waukegan Corps Community Center. The Angel Tree program provides gifts to more than 225 registered families, including 500 children.
    photos by Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Waukegan residents Beatrice Ocegueda, right, and her husband, Cesar, sort through nonperishable food items during the Angel Tree program on Thursday at the Salvation Army Waukegan Corps Community Center. The food was donated by the Gurnee Police Department.

       Waukegan residents Beatrice Ocegueda, right, and her husband, Cesar, sort through nonperishable food items during the Angel Tree program on Thursday at the Salvation Army Waukegan Corps Community Center. The food was donated by the Gurnee Police Department.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

 
 

Local families showed up to the Salvation Army Waukegan Corps Community Center on Thursday to pick up Christmas presents that were donated through the annual Angel Tree program.

Gifts were donated to more than 225 registered families, including 500 children. Gifts were also distributed on Tuesday, Dec. 17, in addition to Thursday's event.

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Angel Tree matches donors with children from qualified families who are unable to provide gifts and clothing during the holidays. The free distribution provides Christmas essentials to families who would otherwise go without this holiday season.

For more information, visit www.salvationarmyusa.org.

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