PEORIA (HOI) -- This is a big day for thousands of area kids as they are going to get a holiday gift thanks to a combination relief effort in Peoria.
The annual Toy Shop brought to us by the Salvation Army and the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program.
From 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m, parents got a personal shopper to help with gifts for their kids or even grand kids.
"You know, you don't want to go without your child having a great Christmas 'cause everybody loves Santa in this time of year. So, you want to make sure they also get to enjoy their life as a child, as well. So, it's very helpful," said Taujalon Harris of Peoria.
Some 900 families will take advantage of this opportunity Wednesday and Thursday, assisting more than 2200 children, which the Salvation Army says is up a bit from last year.
"But we hear the pitter patter of little feet that are coming down on Christmas morning. And this may be the Christmas gift that they have, what's provided by Toys for Tots and the Salvation Army," said Maj. Heath Sells with the Salvation Army.