ALLENTOWN, Pa. -

With just one week until Christmas, the Marine Corps is on its annual mission to provide toys to needy kids.

On Wednesday, hundreds of families got to see what was under the tree for them at the Allentown Salvation Army.

At first glance, black trash bags stacked inside looked like just that -- trash, but dig a little deeper and you'll find each one shares a similar story.

Nine hundred bags filled with donated toys are part of the Marine Corps Toys for Tots campaign.

On Wednesday morning, the line at the downtown Allentown Salvation Army stretched around the block and anticipation was easy to see.

Aside from donated toys, Crayola handed out gift packs. Feed The Children passed out 800 food and personal care packages.

"Essential items we think families need that will last the next week or so," Erin Carlstrom said of the donated items.

It's all to help needy families like single mom Maria Aponte avoid a Christmas morning disappointment.

"It would be rough if the Salvation Army wouldn't help," she told us.

Major Roberto Surez says with the rocky economy the last several years, gathering enough donations has been tough but they've still pulled it all together.

"Thanks to the generosity of the public, different companies, the community coming together, there is always a way to get around it to help people that really need the help," he said.

Damien Aponte, 13, is hoping for a scooter or a tablet but is okay if he doesn't get them.

"Everything little thing counts; it doesn't matter," he said.

The gift of giving: a Christmas sentiment not lost on anyone in attendance.