FREDERICK, MD - Kids in need will be able to have a Christmas, thanks to a non-profit group.
Volunteers are sorting through a room full of toys at the Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs for their Christmas Campaign program.
"Our Christmas Program is reaching out to those in the community that are struggling, having hard times. Some folks have recently lost their jobs. Some folks have a health care issue," says Rev. Brian Scott, executive director of the Religious Coalition.
More than 600 children will receive Christmas gifts this year thanks to the campaign. That's up from more than 400 children who received gifts in 2009.
"It's actually the second largest Christmas drive in Frederick County," Scott says. "We're encouraging the whole community to partner with us and make this a Christmas to remember for children in need throughout Frederick County."
Chanta Hebron picked up toys for her four children.
"This program is helping me and my children have a Christmas. I've been unemployed since may of this year, and i'm looking forward to being able to have a Christmas for my children," Hebron says.
You can drop of Christmas donations for children in need through Friday, December 21. The coalition needs cash, toys and gift cards to make sure every child will have presents under the tree for Christmas.
"It feels good just to have my kids wake up Christmas morning and have presents under the tree that they will actually be able to appreciate, and I can appreciate them more too because they're given to me through love and kindness," Hebron says.
For a full list of programs so you can help year round, click here.