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Salvation Army handing out Angel Tree donations

The Salvation Army's Angel Tree will help more than 4,700 people in the Chattanooga and Cleveland areas this holiday season. (Image: WTVC)

The holidays are a time for giving, and one group is once again doing all it can to make the holidays merry and bright for those in need.

There are hundreds of bikes inside a warehouse on Calhoun Avenue, and they are just some of the items being given away to make the holidays a little brighter for families in need as part of the Salvation Army's Angel Tree.

Over the last month, the Salvation Army has been collecting items for families in Hamilton and Bradley counties, as well as North Georgia.

On Monday, volunteers finally got the chance to start giving those gifts away. One woman called it a blessing.

"If it wasn't for them, I'm sure, just like me, we probably wouldn't have nothing," Hamilton County resident Francis Fleming said.

U.S. Congressman from Tennessee Chuck Fleischman also stopped by. He said the outpouring of generosity has been incredible.

"When I think that the Salvation Army today is going to be making Christmas better for over 4,700 children and seniors, it is just truly amazing," Fleischman said.

Hamilton County Judge Gary Starnes was volunteering his time. He was impressed, not just by the amount of donations, but also the number of volunteers

"It shows you that people do care. It doesn't matter what walk of life they're from - rich, poor, middle class - they all contribute and a lot of them are down here right now volunteering," Starnes said.

The 4,700 people not only received gifts, but also food boxes will enough to last them through Christmas.

"A lot of these children are on the free lunch program, and they don't have school this week, so we are giving them groceries for their families so they can nutritious meals throughout the week," Salvation Army representative Kimberly George said.

And though it was cold outside, you could see the generosity was warming the hearts of those who needed it,

"I am so grateful for the Salvation Army. Thank you for this cold, blessed Christmas holiday, and God bless everybody," Hamilton County resident Robbie Bailey said.

The Salvation Army will continue its Angel Tree donations Tuesday at the Calhoun Avenue location. They will be in Bradley County on Wednesday.

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