The Salvation Army spread joy to children throughout Georgetown County Saturday, July 27.

The 3rd annual Christmas in July event paired bags full of toys to children who were recommended by churches and other organizations.

Maj. Melissa Scott and Capt. Tim Scott, commanding officers for the Salvation Army in Georgetown, Don Corinna, local community coordinator for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation, and other volunteers were at the center bright and early to welcome the families and pass out gifts.

They said more than 500 children, ages 12 and under, were expected to benefit from the program on the day.

Corinna said the toys were left over from last year’s Toys for Tots program in Georgetown County. He and the Salvation Army started the program to reduce the number of toys in storage.

“Typically what we do is keep the toys for the next Toys for Toys campaign,” Corinna said. “I told Scott we need to get rid of them. I asked what about doing a Christmas in July and we put it all together.”

According to Capt. Scott, the Salvation Army also worked with Black River United Way to make the day possible for the children this year.

“Anything we can do to touch the community. Toys are Tots is so gracious to us. They are fabulous,” Scott said.