Salvation Army 'Fill the Trailer' Toy Drive

By: Erin Myers Email
By: Erin Myers Email

A little extra shopping that goes a long way. For some kids, it means presents under the tree where there might otherwise be nothing to open on Christmas morning.

Salvation Army Major Abe Tamayo says they are co-sponsoring the 'Fill the Trailer' Toy Drive with the Wal-mart in Hastings.

"We are hoping to raise both coats and toys to help our children through the winter season but also bring the joy of Christmas into their hearts," said Tamayo.

The boost from shoppers is even more important this year. Toy donations are down and the need up.

"Our toy donations this year have been down by about 38%. So we're asking for toys to come in and make the toy shop helpful for people this Christmas season," said Tamayo.

All the toys and donations end up in the Salvation Army toy shop. Low income families can come in and pick presents, making sure their kids don't go without this year. It's a concept that hits close to home for some volunteers. Luther Young says he's returning the favor.

"Helping the needy youngsters is something I thrive on doing for the simple reason that I was once a needy person and they helped me. Now i'm trying to help the other people," said Young.

But, it can't be done without community support. Major Tamayo says donations do go up during the holidays, but people are always in need year-round.

"We need to understand that need has no season. Summer, winter, spring or fall. There's need in the community and we need to meet those needs and do the humane thing for each other," said Tamayo.

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