URGENT! Serious Toy Shortage at The Salvation Army Print
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Written by Holly Nomura   
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 10:12

Quad Cities, USA: The Salvation Army is desperately seeking enough toys to save Christmas for thousands of less fortunate children in the Quad Cities. The 2013 Angel Tree Toy Drive ends in just 5 days on Sunday, December 15th! Only a small fraction of the toys needed have been collected.

Major Gary Felton, Quad Cities Coordinator for The Salvation Army, states that “We have been very nervous the past two weeks. With Thanksgiving so late this year, we have a smaller window of opportunity to collect toys. Close to 1,600 families are depending on us. Every child in our community should wake up Christmas morning to a new toy. This final week’s hard work will hopefully be enough so we can let children know they are special on Christmas morning!”

FILL THE TRUCK, sponsored by Wal-Mart, will be held on Friday, December 13th and Saturday, December 14th at all four Quad City area Wal-Marts. The event’s hours are 12nn – 6pm both days. WalMart will also accept the unwrapped toys at the customer service desks during all store hours through Tuesday, December 17th.

ANGEL TREE Toy Collection Trees are located at NorthPark Mall (JCPenney Court) and SouthPark Mall (Younkers Court) and ends December 15th. Times are 11am – 8pm daily, and 12pm -- 5pm on Sunday.

Last year, thousands of toys were displayed at The Salvation Army’s Toy Shop on the Christmas Assistance distribution days. Any way you can get help or get involved will make your own Christmas even brighter. If you are interested in volunteering at Fill the Truck or Toy Shop Escorting, please go to www.ringbells.org for easy sign-up or call Patty Mixdorf at 563-570-2072.

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