More than 100 volunteers are getting in the Christmas spirit by giving back to the community. They put on Santa hats and helped put the baskets together for the Knoxville News Sentinel's Empty Stocking Fund.

The event kicked off several days worth of activity. Wednesday, even more volunteers will unload food, toys, and books for thousands of underprivileged East Tennesseans.

It's all thanks to the thousands of Tennesseans who donated money or time to help out.

"Everyone that shows up is definitely in the holiday spirit. this is the time of year where you can really give back to the community and people show up in good spirits. They dress up. People today had Christmas sweaters and hats and things going on. So everyone is in the holiday spirit and share that with our recipients," said Angie Howell, the News Sentinel's marketing manager.

The Empty Stocking Fund lends a helping hand to 3,600 families. It will serve more than 10,000 meals and give out more than 3,000 toys and books.