Salvation Army Still Accepting Donations Despite Deadline

Volunteers with the Salvation Army will begin distributing toys, food, and clothes next week to needy families.

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Photo: Joe Hren

Salvation Army volunteers prepare donated toys and clothes for distribution next week.

Donations were coming in by the truck load today on what was supposed to be the final day to drop off items for the Salvation Army’s holiday toy and clothing drive. Things have been down this season though, and since they’re only now beginning to pick up, Volunteer Coordinator Courtney Graw says they’ll be taking donations for awhile longer.

“We actually expected at one point that we’d have to go out and buy some toys on our own but it’s looking like – we’ll know more tomorrow – but it’s looking like we’re getting the donations and the toys we need.”

The items range from bikes, to dolls, to DVD players, games, and mittens. Each of the 574 families that registered will begin coming in next Tuesday. They’ll pick up a bag with toys, clothes, and stocking stuffers for their children… and they’ll also get a bag that has all the fixings families need to make a Christmas meal.

If the Salvation Army does end up in position where it needs a few more things then staff members will take money from the reserves and go purchase those things.

“Sometimes we need clothes at the last minute…sometimes we need teen stuff at the last minute…sometimes we need to grab some extra food vouchers at the last minute. And all of those things we have a little reserves for just in case,” said Corps Officer Catherine Fitzgerald.

It’s never too late to drop off items- especially toys. Even if you realize after Christmas that you forgot to make a donation you can still purchase an item and the Salvation Army will save it until next year

If you have an item you’d like to donate, you can drop it off at the Salvation Army’s office on North Rogers Street.

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