VINTON, Va. -

It's official. Christmas is 5 days away. Friday some troopers made the holidays a little brighter for a family in need with a little help from the Salvation Army.

When Maliyah, Jacari and Nadia Waldron woke up this morning, they had NO idea Santa was going to pay a surprise visit to their house today.

Santa and his helpers, these Virginia State Troopers, made Christmas a little brighter for Nadia, Jacari, Maliyah and their mother, Bobbie.

"Christmas is the time of year when you want to make sure your kids get everything they wanted and a lot of times parents can't do that," Bobbie Waldron told Your Hometown News Leader.

Waldron signed up for the Salvation Army's Angel Tree Program after her family fell on hard times.

"Some health issues going on with me, and then having a child that's been sick and in and out of the doctor's office and everything. So when your child's sick you have to get time off from work and a lot of times that gets in the way with you keeping that job," Waldron said.

And that's several troopers, many of which gave from their own pockets to help the Waldrons, were thrilled to help.

"The police are here for more than just law enforcement purposes." "It's incredibly humbling watching little children get that smile this time of year," Trooper Brett Southern told WDBJ7.

Overwhelmed with happiness and gratitude, Bobbie says seeing the smiles and hearing the laughter from her children is all she wanted for Christmas.

"This has truly made my Christmas. There's nothing better than this. This is the best thing ever. "

And for her excited kids, the holidays are once again a time to be happy and thankful.

"I want all of you outside of us to have a wonderful Christmas" Maliyah Waldron said.

There's still time to donate to the Salvation Army. Contact your local Salvation Army chapter for more information.