"I like to do things that will help other people that are less fortunate than we are," said Wheeler. "It helps the community and I couldn't see a child not having something for Christmas."
At least 30,000 local children and senior citizens are getting a special gift this year. The gifts will be taken to families on Christmas Eve unwrapped to be a surprise says the Salvation Army for kids in need. It's a yearly tradition one volunteer says is heartwarming.
"Because I got grandbabies and I know that they always want something for Christmas," said volunteer Debbie Cobey. "They don't want an empty tree and it helps."
The Salvation Army has been helping families in need since 1889. The Salvation Army is in need of more toys and cash donation. Find out how you can help by going to the Salvation Army Greater Houston website.