Dec 25, 2012 7:59 PM

Salvation Army volunteers deliver Christmas meal to family in need

TUCSON - Bright and early Christmas morning, Trudy Wilson and her three children head to the Tucson Convention Center, prepping to deliver "Christmas" to a family in need.

They receive their assignment, pick up the flowers, then pick up the holiday meal with all the trimmings.

"This is our first time doing this and it has just been so cool," Wilson says. "It is really amazing."

Their truck loaded, they head out to deliver their meal.

With a knock on the door, Christmas for Sharon and Jerry Dunn, plus their two pups, gets a whole lot brighter.

"It's so wonderful that people care enough to help people out," Sharon Dunn says.

The Dunns have had their fair share of medical problems, so it's hard to get out of the house sometimes.

"I am legally blind and I'm on oxygen for the rest of my life," Sharon Dunn says.

But today, they don't have to worry.

Wilson and her children are acting on Santa's behalf. "I guess it could have been just another day for us," Wilson says. "Ya know, hanging out at the house, but because we were able to go out and do something for others, it really feels like Christmas now."

"Best way to spend Christmas, definitely better than sitting at home and watching TV," says Wilson's son, Carl Winnicki.

"Just to brighten someone's day means a lot," says Wilson's daughter, Merissa Winnicki.

It's hard to say which family is more grateful, but it's easy to see, both of their holidays are better because of each other. "Usually it's just another day, but now it's not," Dunn says. "Now it's a 'Merry Christmas' and I just think that's so awesome."

Salvation Army volunteers delivered more than 500 holiday meals to families in need today.


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