Truck Day shows the spirit of giving

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) – Dozens of volunteers with Lowe's, Chik-fil-A and Alabama Department of Human Resources joined with FOX6 and the Salvation Army Friday for Truck Day.  It's the time when gifts are delivered, gifts that have been bought for those who are part of the Gifts for Kids – Angel Tree program.   

All around the warehouse, thousands of boxes began filling up with white bags filled with toys, clothes and other gifts for needy children.  "I was here when this room was empty," said Christine Smith who is a Major with the Salvation Army.  "To look around now and see all the gifts, it's just amazing."   Her husband, Major Todd Smith, agreed.  "It's not so much about toys because we all love getting presents," Smith said.  "But they realize someone's remembered them.'"

Just outside the warehouse loading dock, a van with the Birmingham Water Works board arrives loaded down with black bags filled with gifts.  "I think it's good. Everyone needs to give a hand when they can," said Eric King, who works to unload the bags.  "We've been blessed.  We should bless someone else."  His co-worker, Eddie Gray said his department focused on one child and got excited about taking part.  "You kind of have to watch yourself.  You can get caught up," Gray said.  "You feel like they're your own kids because no one wants to leave any kid behind or without."  

For the fifth year, Maggie McConnell has volunteered to help and says she is amazed at how folks have continued to be so generous, in spite of a tight economy.   Part of her duties are to verify gifts, giving her a sneak peak at the joy she hopes the kids will feel. "Some of these children wouldn't get anything and how sad would that be?" McConnell said while bagging toys.  "So the fact you know on Christmas morning, these kids will find that Santa has indeed arrived is great."

Gifts bought for an angel from the Salvation Army Angel Tree needed to be returned to Colonial Brookwood Village by Saturday, December 12th.  You can also drop off a toy at Chick-Fil-A through December 19th or donate cash at Lowe's.