CALGARY -- The holiday season can be a challenge for families who are struggling.

But the Salvation Army has a number of programs that help direct donations to those who need it most.

This Christmas, staff at Alberta Central — a central banking facility, service bureau and trade association for credit unions — are pitching in.

After raising $5,000, staff went out and bought toys for children in need.

They say it’s a way for them to embrace their sense of community and the spirit of the holidays.

The group gathered at the Salvation Army warehouse Friday to assemble the gifts.

“Our values are guiding principles that communicate who we are, what we do, how we do it and why we do it.  Our values don’t drive our organization but rather drive the people in our organization,” stated on the company’s website.

And looking ahead to 2020, staff has already set aside $5,000 to host birthday parties for children in need.

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