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Salvation Army will soon begin collecting toys for Christmas

Posted at 6:31 PM, Nov 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-16 19:31:24-05

The Salvation Army is collecting gifts for its annual Angel Tree Toy Drive starting November 23 to December 13. 

The drive is the organization's effort to help low-income families who might otherwise go without during the Christmas season because they cannot afford gifts.

The drive serves children from ages 0 to 15 with the majority of toddlers getting the gifts.

"When you get into the twelve to fifteen-year-olds, we really don't get a lot of toys. You know it's not the pretty toys or the things that people would normally go and say, oh, I'll get that for a kid," said Major Greg Thompson, Divisional Commander for the Salvation Army. 

This year the biggest need is for the older children who often get neglected with presents. 

"Children at that age who really do start to understand the situation that they're families are in that they feel that special needs many of them wills ay well, I don't need anything give it to them, but then they miss out on that opportunity to gave a blessing during Christmas," said Thompson.

If you want to make a donation, you can drop off items at our KMTV 3 News Now station or at any Jensen Tire and Auto location in the metro.