HAGERSTOWN - Carlet Milton lived at The Salvation Army for four months, so she knows firsthand how the agency can help people when they are down and out.
"Now, I've got my own home," Milton said Tuesday morning as she collected holiday food and Christmas presents through that same agency.
Milton and her family were among 812 families who received food, Christmas stockings, hats and gloves, as well as Christmas presents at the annual giveaway made possible by The Salvation Army and the Marine Corps League's Toys for Tots.
Though things are looking up, Milton said she still needs a helping hand getting through the rough spots.
The same applied to Misty Ward, who was selecting toys for her six children, who range in age from 3 to 10 years old.