HAGERSTOWN -- For her first year volunteering to distribute Christmas cheer for The Salvation Army in Hagerstown, Susan Johns landed a great "job" -- handing out $10 Martin's gift cards Monday to more than 1,100 families in need.
"It's wonderful to see all these people in need being helped," Johns said.
The distribution center at the former McCrory's in the Long Meadow Shopping Center was abuzz with activity all day Monday.
As recipients entered, they were matched up with volunteers and shopping carts to navigate the aisles past tables bearing toys, gifts and food.
The Marine Corps League, Salvation Army board members and others teamed up to move the distribution process along.
Washington County Sheriff Douglas W. Mullendore and Col. Randy Wilkinson held the door as volunteers helped people load their vehicles.
Spring Hoopengarner said she signed up after her mother told her about the annual giveaway at The Salvation Army. For her and her four children, it will make the difference between Christmas and no Christmas.