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Christmas gift and food pickup day

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CORNING, N.Y. -- The Salvation Army in Corning was very busy Tuesday with volunteers and community members coming in to pick up their food and toys. It was the organization's annual distribution day, for those families who have applied for help this holiday season.

A complete turkey dinner and three toys apiece for families with children under twelve were handed out. About 340 families were being helped Tuesday, that's up slightly from last year. Salvation Army members say it's because of the struggling economy and unemployment benefits running out.

There were over two dozen volunteers handing out the items which to them.

"You feel like Santa Clause. And all of the volunteers have that same, they come in and they're smiling. It's a lot of work, a lot of heavy lifting and hauling and everyone is still smiling at the end of the day," said Kim Merchant, Corning Salvation Army Captain.

The Salvation Army will be in Hornell Thursday to distribute more items. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP