Operation Christmas House in full swing on Fort Gordon

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - 57 days until Christmas means Fort Gordon elves are hard at work on project Christmas House. The 47th annual event helps service members and their families every year, who need an extra hand shopping for the holidays.

Christmas House Co-project manager Shawn Williams said, "We are looking at supplying 300 families with Christmas House this year and that equals 800 kids."

Those 800 kids with receive three toys each and their families will get a 25 dollar gift card for a holiday meal.

Williams said, "Our military families give a lot and if they are challenged with a financial situation right now, we want to give them a lot. "

Officials said they want that to be their challenge; full shelves at the Christmas House North Pole.

Williams said, "They look kind of full, but this is not nearly full. Hopefully you'll see shelves packed to the brims."

Volunteers said families will shop the shelves on the third and fourth of December, but the excitement has already started.

Christmas House volunteer Lisa Gibson said, "This year we asked all units on post to decorate a tree. We have all the branches and we even had some soldiers jumping up and down. They were very excited."

Applications are available at www.gordon.army.mil/acs. For more information, just call the Army Community Service at 791-3579 or head to the Facebook page, www.facebook.com/fortgordonacs.