Salvation Army hosts walk-in Christmas toy distribution

Families picked up gifts for Christmas on Wednesday that were courtesy of the Salvation Army's Angel Tree program

Families picked up gifts for Christmas on Wednesday that were courtesy of the Salvation Army's Angel Tree program

"We can only serve based on the resources from the community", Moore said.

As the holiday season nears the end The Salvation Army is making it's final push for this years Red Kettle Campaign. "It's been a rough year".

Forney said a number of factors are adversely affecting collections this year, including more folks shopping online and not visiting malls to others that shop exclusively with credit cards.

"With Christmas Eve on Sunday, we're not having people work as that's the Lord's Day, and that again affects our income and less cash", Peterson said. "And that's never easy to see". So far this year between food/toy hampers and gift cards they have helped nearly 1,500 people.

On the bright side, Ford said, the volunteers that are out, are dedicated and very much appreciated.

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On Saturday, Dec. 16, volunteers positioned at the Walmart Vernon Supercentre brought in $2,757 in donations, which the retail giant promises to match. Beatty says they need another 25-thousand dollars to make goal. On Thursday, the Guam Salvation Army kicked off its first day of their annual Toy N' Joy gift distribution at their Tiyan headquarters.

"We got at least 150 toys, if not more, donated within the next two days, and even more trickling in after that", he said, adding that people made monetary donations as well.

Donors can also support the 2017 Christmas Campaign by texting HOPE to 45678 from most mobile carriers in Canada.

As of December 19 they had raised just under $300,000 and the goal this year is $500,000. Contributions also allow The Salvation Army to continue operating its life-changing programs, such as substance abuse recovery, housing supports, job and skills training, and budgeting and education classes, which help people find a way out of poverty, permanently. The Kettle campaign runs annually across Canada between Nov.23 and Dec.23.

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