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Volunteers pack boxes of food for Salvation Army Christmas Cheer program

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YORK, Pa. -- Volunteers spent part of their day packing boxes of food for the Salvation Army's Christmas Cheer distribution program.

Folks from local Target retailers and Penn Air Hydraulics joined retired teachers and students to pack nearly 1,800 boxes.

Each box includes a turkey, potatoes, and sides to create a holiday meal for families in need.

Salvation Army leaders say they are thankful for the support from the community.

"We could not afford to undertake an effort like this if everybody were to be paid," says Tom Shelley, the business manager for York Salvation Army. "It really requires an army of volunteers. Even though the United States Army has the slogan of 'an army of one,' we can't be an army of one. We need to be an army of many."

"We are helping out families that are in tight conditions right now. Without this, they wouldn't be able to celebrate the way that they would like to, so we just appreciate doing it," says volunteer Chris Petrarco.

The boxes will be distributed during the week of Christmas.

The Salvation Army is also collecting toys through its Angel Tree program.