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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Paula Olivares claps with while spinning the wheel and ultimately winning a bicycle for her child on Wednesday Dec. 18, 2013 at the Salvation Army Christmas Bureau. Christmas Bureau kicks off offering toys to parents of 12,200 kids. During the first day of the Salvation Army Christmas Center families began arriving at 8am to get free toys. There will be 200 families per hour receiving gifts. A steady stream of giving lasted until 4pm.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Paula Olivares prays while spinning the wheel and ultimately winning a bicycle for her child on Wednesday Dec. 18, 2013 at the Salvation Army Christmas Bureau. Christmas Bureau kicks off offering toys to parents of 12,200 kids. During the first day of the Salvation Army Christmas Center families began arriving at 8am to get free toys. There will be 200 families per hour receiving gifts. A steady stream of giving lasted until 4pm.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Paula Olivares claps with joy after spinning the wheel and winning a bicycle for her child on Wednesday Dec. 18, 2013 at the Salvation Army Christmas Bureau. Christmas Bureau kicks off offering toys to parents of 12,200 kids. During the first day of the Salvation Army Christmas Center families began arriving at 8am to get free toys. There will be 200 families per hour receiving gifts. A steady stream of giving lasted until 4pm.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    (from left) Volunteers Carl Springs, Luis Wolf and Dan Alion cheer for a bike winner at the Salvation Army Christmas Bureau on Wednesday Dec. 18, 2013. Christmas Bureau kicks off offering toys to parents of 12,200 kids. During the first day of the Salvation Army Christmas Center families began arriving at 8am to get free toys. There will be 200 families per hour receiving gifts. A steady stream of giving lasted until 4pm.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Ann Carver, a volunteer at the Salvation Army Christmas bureau drags a bag loaded with gifts that has been called to the loading tables on Wednesday Dec. 18, 2013. Christmas Bureau kicks off offering toys to parents of 12,200 kids. During the first day of the Salvation Army Christmas Center families began arriving at 8am to get free toys. There will be 200 families per hour receiving gifts. A steady stream of giving lasted until 4pm.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Jim Rorie, a volunteer at the Salvation Army Christmas Bureau, assembles a riding/push toy Wednesday Dec. 18, 2013. Christmas Bureau kicks off offering toys to parents of 12,200 kids. During the first day of the Salvation Army Christmas Center families began arriving at 8am to get free toys. There will be 200 families per hour receiving gifts. A steady stream of giving lasted until 4pm.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Kimberly Brent gathers gifts from a wish list at the Salvation Army Christmas Bureau on Wednesday Dec. 18, 2013. Christmas Bureau kicks off offering toys to parents of 12,200 kids. During the first day of the Salvation Army Christmas Center families began arriving at 8am to get free toys. There will be 200 families per hour receiving gifts. A steady stream of giving lasted until 4pm.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Cindy Hostetler (left) and Jennifer Sarafin hoist a bag jammed with Christmas gifts into a shopping cart to be taken to the loading tables for a waiting Salvation Army Christmas Bureau client on Wednesday Dec. 18, 2013. Christmas Bureau kicks off offering toys to parents of 12,200 kids. During the first day of the Salvation Army Christmas Center families began arriving at 8am to get free toys. There will be 200 families per hour receiving gifts. A steady stream of giving lasted until 4pm.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Volunteers pass bags loaded with Christmas gifts to clients of the Salvation Army Christmas Bureau on Wednesday Dec. 18, 2013. Christmas Bureau kicks off offering toys to parents of 12,200 kids. During the first day of the Salvation Army Christmas Center families began arriving at 8am to get free toys. There will be 200 families per hour receiving gifts. A steady stream of giving lasted until 4pm.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Charlotte Dunn, a volunteer at the Salvation Army Christmas Bureau, grabs a stocking stuffed with items for a child on Wednesday Dec. 18, 2013. Christmas Bureau kicks off offering toys to parents of 12,200 kids. During the first day of the Salvation Army Christmas Center families began arriving at 8am to get free toys. There will be 200 families per hour receiving gifts. A steady stream of giving lasted until 4pm.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Robert Morgan, with The Spokes Group, stayed busy rolling and sometimes riding bicycles to the front of the Salvation Army Christmas bureau on Wednesday Dec. 18, 2013. Christmas Bureau kicks off offering toys to parents of 12,200 kids. During the first day of the Salvation Army Christmas Center families began arriving at 8am to get free toys. There will be 200 families per hour receiving gifts. A steady stream of giving lasted until 4pm.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Dan Alion (left) and Carl Springs cheer for a bicycle winner at the spinning wheel on the first day of the Salvation Army Christmas Bureau on Wednesday Dec. 18, 2013. Christmas Bureau kicks off offering toys to parents of 12,200 kids. During the first day of the Salvation Army Christmas Center families began arriving at 8am to get free toys. There will be 200 families per hour receiving gifts. A steady stream of giving lasted until 4pm.
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