BENSON — Dottie Kreps has been overseeing the local Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program for about 12 years. And each time she’s a little more amazed than the year prior.

“People were wonderful,” Kreps said on Thursday at Benson Community Center, site of the annual toy collection and during preparations for the Saturday gift distribution.

In all, Angel Tree, through the community’s contributions, provided gifts for 58 families, including 62 children, said Kreps.

And none of it would be possible without the annual support from the community, Kreps stressed.

“Benson is wonderful… every year. This year the churches concentrated on taking care of families with babies and those with five kids or more,” said Kreps. “The churches went out of their way to donate.” The included: New Life Worship Center, First Baptist Church, Community Bible Church, High Street Baptist Church, Benson Seventh-day Adventist and First Assembly of God. “They really all did a great job,” she said.

Additionally, Angel Tree received the $100 light parade prize donation from Eagle Plumbing and a $500 contribution from Walmart.

“This is fantastic,” said Kreps, while looking over the room full of toys. “Everything was really great… we had a team of 11 wrappers… everything was very organized,” she said, noting some last minute details were in the process of being hammered out.

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