Last Christmas, Sage Lindsay didn't ask for much, just something to do with art and music. Through the Salvation Army's Angel Tree Program, she got a boombox.
But for this 12-year-old, the holidays have never been about gifts.
"It doesn't matter if I get anything," said Sage. "I just want my family around."
For almost a whole year, her family wasn't around. They're now back together, thanks to the Salvation Army's transitional housing program.
"We were homeless," said Brian Lindsay, Sage's father. "I lost my job, was unemployed on welfare."
After losing everything, Brian almost lost his daughter. She had to stay in a receiving home until he could find a place to live.
"That was skid row for me," said Brian, describing his ultimate low point. "My daughter [was my motivation]. She was my little angel. No way, I wasn't going to overcome this."
The Salvation Army came at the perfect time. The Lindsays only had a month left before they had to appear in front of a judge.
"If we didn't have a place to stay, we would lose our daughter," said Brian.
After Brian got his daughter back, he also graduated the Salvation Army's new culinary program. He got a job the day after graduation.
"Their motto is doing the most good. And you know what, they are," said Brian.
More good is starting to come the Lindsays' way, just in time for the holiday season. They're getting ready to move out of transitional housing and into a permanent apartment.