Backpack Project loaded with holiday cheer!

By Anna Carrera

Published 12/19 2013 04:03PM

Updated 12/19 2013 06:49PM

CHAMPAIGN -- The people attached to these open arms, were handing out holiday cheer to those in need. It's part of the Daily Bread Soup Kitchen's Backpack Project. It's the fifth year for the event.

The line to receive one wrapped around the building. Luckily, Santa was there to entertain people.

All through the holiday season, people from the community donated backpacks and supplies to fill them, including toiletries, cold weather clothing and hand warmers.

People who received one say they're grateful for the gift. Organizers say they stuffed somewhere between 800 - 1,000 backpacks.

Some say this will be their only holiday present. People say it definitely helped put them in the Christmas spirit.

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