Updated: 12/18/2013 6:57 PM
Created: 12/18/2013 5:36 PM KAALtv.com
By: Dan Conradt
(ABC 6 News) -- For weeks we've been asking you to help make it a brighter Christmas for kids around the area.
And you' ve watched as ... day by day ... our studios filled with your donations to Toys-for-Tots.
On Wednesday, those toys found new homes
"It means a whole lot for like low income families like myself" Brian Martin told us.
On Wednesday morning, he was one of hundreds of people rummaging through tables of donated toys and racks of kids’ clothing during the Salvation Army’s annual pre-Christmas distribution.
“I'm raising two small children by myself" Brian Martin told us. His kids are 4- and 5 years old. He's also got a 14 year old stepson, and that means that … when it comes to money … “supply” often falls behind “demand”.
“You got rent, you got gas, you got everything ... household income, it's just really low."
“People can't always make ends meet" said the Austin Salvation Army’s Lt. Laura Amick. “It's hard day-to-day anyway, paycheck to paycheck. But this time of year doing that extra for the kids is hard for families."
“So to have a program like this is awesome to help" Brian Martin added.
More than 900 Mower county children will have a brighter Christmas this year, thanks to help from the Salvation Army.
"A little bit more demand, so the numbers are up a little bit, and our donations are a little bit down" Lt. Laura Amick told us.
This is the third year some of the gifts under Brian Martin's Christmas tree will have come from *your* donations to the Salvation Army.
"They get to open more than 1 or two toys where if I didn't have salvation army they'd only get one toy apiece."
And while Brian Martins 4- and 5-year olds might be too young to understand it right now, one day there's going to be a lesson for them in all this.
"To give to people who are a little bit less fortunate."
And with Christmas just a week away: “It's going to be a beautiful Christmas in my house" Brian Martin told us.