At the National Guard Armory on Wednesday, many members of the community, including The Salvation Army, Lopp Motors, Southwest Community Foundation and Koch Fertilizer, delivered Angel Tree gifts as well as food to families in need.

The donations were part of the annual The Salvation Army Food Drive.

More than 325 families were given gift items as well as food boxes.

Food drive members indicated that the families had to be qualified and vetted through a screening process to receive the assistance.

Among those volunteering were the Ladies Community Outreach as well as Salvation Army board member DJ Lutz and Salvation Army Chairperson Joyce Warshaw.

"I have to stay busy now that I am retired," Warshaw said. "It was a great day to help the families."

Jeff Lopp Junior and Senior also gave out more than 300 turkeys to the families as they picked up their donations.

The turkey donation marks the 20th year that Lopp Motors has given back to the community.

They had also made donations to the Greensburg tornado relief efforts in 2007 and recently with the wildfire relief efforts that hit southwest Kansas this March.

There were also members of the Dodge City High School vocational program who volunteered as well as Dodge City Community College Board of Trustee-elect Dan Reichenborn who was with the Ladies Community Outreach.

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