WARREN - Smiles and good cheer were in abundance Saturday at the Warren Family Mission as many needy families across the county slowly filed through a large room overflowing with donated toys.
For volunteers, the annual one-day gift giveaway held at the Elm Road location gives the community a chance to celebrate the Christmas season selflessly.
Cheryl Parsons has been a volunteer and event organizer for the past six years, but she said this year, Trumbull County showed its commitment to underprivileged children.
"Three days ago, we didn't have enough (toys)," Parsons said. "We definitely have it now. Everyone really came together."
For the last several months, Parsons and other volunteers have collected unopened, new toys for the giveaway.
About 400 families in need signed up for the event and received an assigned appointment time to select three new toys and five stocking-stuffers.
According to Parsons, the giveaway helped about 2,000 local children have a happier Christmas by furnishing their parents or caregivers with the free presents.
"It means a lot," Parsons said. "For many kids, these are the only toys they will get."
Warren resident Keri Miller was among those standing in line, waiting for her opportunity to pick through the stacks and rows of toys, which ranged from teddy bears and dolls to action figures and books.
"It means the world to me because I have nothing," Miller said bluntly.
In order to partake in the event, the family's median income must not exceed a predetermined amount, organizers said.
Marcell Gore of Lordstown stood near a large pile of stuffed animals with her daughter, Jasmine, as the pair filled two large bags with numerous items. The family has taken part in the event in past years.
"This helps so much," Marcell Gore said. "She's a single mother struggling with a child. It's a great thing that they do here."
Meanwhile, Warren's Jenice Haralson, a mother of two small children, registered for this year's giveaway for the first time.
"It's just really important for those people that are going through struggles," Haralson said.