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The Salvation Army makes Christmas possible for 150 families

While many of us are dashing through the snow for last minute gifts, life isn't always easy around the holidays, especially for families living at The Salvation Army.

Thursday was the organization's annual holiday party where they helped make Christmas happen for about 500 people in need.

The party kicked off with Christmas carols to get everyone in the holiday spirit.

Rebecca Killian and Casey Bise are just one of the 150 families who were adopted by donors for Christmas.

“Donors go out and shop and get everything that that child asked for, the exact toy that child asked for. And parents get a gift as well,” said Salvation Army Business Administrator Sheila Geraghty.

Killian and Bise recently fell on hard times.

“And ended up at The Salvation Army and it's just been a big help to us and a big blessing,” Killian said.

The couple's wishes are simple. They asked for pots and pans for themselves and toys for their 3-month-old daughter.

“It's pretty overwhelming how generous people are,” Killian said.

Each family also received a basket of food, courtesy of Northwest Harvest and Safeway, and gift cards for groceries.

“It means a lot to take the burden off of someone else who's struggling during this very special time of the year,” Maj. Stephen Ball, Corps Officer at The Salvation Army, said.

For the families, it means a joyous Christmas.

“Especially because we can't afford to give her a Christmas this year, so it's nice that she still gets one,” Killian said.

“The best give that I have is right here, and they helped out in a lot of ways,” Bise added.