Get ready to smile: Angel Tree distribution day is here

Volunteers hand out donated gifts

ORLANDO, Fla. – For the News 6 family, it’s the most wonderful day of the year.

Tuesday marks Angel Tree distribution day, when dozens of volunteers hand out donated gifts to families and seniors who need it most.

The kind Central Floridians who purchased bikes, toys and other items for those who signed up for the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program ensure that those participants have goodies to unwrap come Christmas morning.

This year, all 4,000 angels were adopted and $32,640 was raised during the News 6 Angel Tree phone bank earlier this month.

On Tuesday, those recipients visit the Angel Tree joy center to take home the gifts. For some, it’s all they’ll have this holiday season.

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As volunteers and angels line up each year, there are tears, laughter and an overall sense of gratitude for the generosity seen during the holiday season.

See their stories below.

Local seniors say they're happy they weren't forgetten about this holiday season.
Local seniors say they're happy they weren't forgetten about this holiday season.
A local woman with 15 grandchildren said celebrating the holidays would be impossible without the Angel Tree program.
A local woman with 15 grandchildren said celebrating the holidays would be impossible without the Angel Tree program.
Angel Tree recipients say they're thankful for everything the program has done for them.
Angel Tree recipients say they're thankful for everything the program has done for them.
A local mother will have Christmas presents for her family thanks to the Angel Tree program.
A local mother will have Christmas presents for her family thanks to the Angel Tree program.