"It's very different it's very, very different because your money is going on bills and trying to pay your rent," said Shauna Terry, a struggling mother of four in Dothan.
Terry’s not alone; the number of needy families is growing.
"last month the amount of food that we gave out was probably double the month before so the numbers have gone up quite a bit. Their hours have been cut. Their jobs have been cut. Their food stamps have been cut. So it's just a cut across the board," said Linda Bates, a Salvation Army employee.
For parents like Terry, Santa Claus isn't easy to talk about with her four young children but she says their Santa Claus comes in a different form… Every year the organization has angel trees around the community with information about the qualifying children. Allowing people to anonymously buy a new present to be delivered by the Salvation Army just a few days before Christmas.
Terry says she has never even met the angels who give her kids a present every year but if she did, she would say this:
"They were happy. They were very happy. We're very thankful. Thank you for helping us," Terry said.