Good Samaritan of the Ozarks stuffed an entire 16-foot box truck with new clothes and gifts donated locally for the Angel Program.

Good Samaritan of the Ozarks stuffed an entire 16-foot box truck with new clothes and gifts donated locally for the Angel Program.

The Angel Program collects toys and clothing for Pulaski County children from families who either qualify for public assistance or fall within income guidelines. The program provides gifts for children of all ages from newborns to teenagers.

For the first time in Good Samaritan's Angel Program history, the organization hosted a special gift drop-off celebration for everyone participating in the program on Saturday.

Good Samaritan reached its goal by stuffing the entire truck on Saturday, despite freezing temperatures and less-than-ideal road conditions.

"This generous community did not let the cold weather stop them from making sure Christmas was special for area children," Good Samaritan Executive Director, Connie Chambers said. "It was festive and fun."

Good Samaritan representatives said they would like to thank the American Legion, Freedom of the Road Riders Local 28, Westside Christmas Academy, Waynesville United Methodist Church, Spirit FM, several local churches and residents who largely contributed to this event.

"It is such a blessing to live in a community that takes care of those in need," Dawn O'Neal,Good Samaritan development coordinator, said.

In fact, an anonymous "Good Samaritan" donated 15 bicycles.

O'Neal said that the program hopes to help 500 local children this year.

"Our main goal for the Angel Program this year is to provide 500 children in need not only with Christmas gifts, but new, warm clothing," O Neal said. "There are a lot of kids in need every year and we strive as an organization, along with the support of the community, to provide for as many children as possible…not only during the holiday season, but throughout the year."

The "Stuff the Christmas Truck" event was just one of the ways to participate in the Angel Program. Participants can donate toys and clothes to Good Samaritan. The program also offers gift request cards that specify the age and gender of a child for those who want to "adopt an Angel."

The program especially asks for teenage gift items, including $10-25 gift cards, Axe Cologne, tool sets, iTunes gift cards, and movie passes.

"This is such a hard age group to buy for that we are really encourage gift cards for the teens or a monetary donation to Good Samaritan in which we can purchase items we know are popular," O'Neal said.