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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Christmas is supposed to be a magical time, but unfortunately thousands of parents like Olivia Patrick are faced with the harsh reality of not being able to afford presents for their children.

Olivia Patrick said her family is very thankful for the help the Salvation Army provides.

Olivia Patrick said her family is very thankful for the help the Salvation Army provides.

"I don't think my kids would have had anything, we don't even have a Christmas tree," said Patrick.

That's why the Salvation Army's Angel Tree program makes it their annual mission to make sure every child in the Tennessee Valley can wake up with a present on Christmas morning.

More bikes, clothing and even kitchen play sets were donated this year than ever before.  Organizers say it speaks volumes to what kind of community we live in.

"Because of the generosity of this community, every one of those 3,461 individuals will receive a Christmas gift," said Salvation Army Major Jean Wilson.

Patrick says the Angel Tree donations gave her family a real Christmas miracle.

"Thank you so much, I'm really grateful for what we got," said Patrick.