A local organization and the Tennessee National Guard are walking up and down these aisles to make sure that hundreds of kids have at least one gift to open up on their birthday.
“It’s rewarding in a way I didn’t expect it to be, knowing that these kids have gone through something like what they’ve gone through", says Sergeant Swanson.
A Soldiers Child and the Tennessee National Guard teamed up to buy birthday presents for children who lost a parent that served in the military.
Although COVID-19 set them back a few months, founder of A Soldiers Child, Daryl Mackin says it would not stop them.
“And we’re in stage two and we’re in stage three and we’re back in stage two and it’s like can we do this thing and these guys were like we are going to find a way to make it happen", says Mackin.
The soldiers filled their baskets with toys, books, and everything on the child’s wish list to make sure each birthday was special.
“They all want video games or Disney gift cards", says Specialist Scott.
“Books and buildings, and science material", adds Swanson.
Mackin says the presents are a way for them to let the children know they are seen.
“We’re honoring them, we‘re coming back to them. It did matter, we do care, that’s what the message in these boxes.”
Mackin says he wants every child of a fallen solider to know that someone is looking out for them. Imani Williams, for 39 News, in South Jackson.