CHICAGO -- Dozens of volunteers worked shoulder to shoulder to help needy families across Chicago.
All day Monday and all day Tuesday, corporate volunteers are manning the packing line to assemble nearly 11,000 Christmas food boxes for the Salvation Army.
Two shifts per day are packaging everything from cranberry sauce and corn to mac and cheese and mashed potatoes. The boxes contain all the fixings for a family of four to celebrate the season together.
It is the largest holiday distribution the Salvation Army has ever assembled with nearly a thousand more than last year.
Despite the recent drop in unemployment, the need for food assistance this holiday season is greater than ever.
All the meals will be distributed over the next couple of weeks to 12 Salvation Army locations in Chicagoland. It should help to spread a little holiday magic not only to those who receive the meals but also those who helped put them together.