Help needed: Toy Shortage Could Leave Local Kids Without Presents

 

The Salvation Army of Washtenaw County is in urgent need of more toys in order to serve all of the families who have applied for holiday assistance this year.

The Salvation Army Angel Tree program is a needs based program for children ages 0 to 12 years old in Washtenaw County. Through this program, the Salvation Army provides gifts to more than a thousand local children each year. However, with just 11 days out from Christmas the need for more toys has become urgent.

People can help by dropping off new, unwrapped toys to The Salvation Army at 100 Arbana Dr. in Ann Arbor or at California Pizza Kitchen.

In addition, Red Kettle donations are down 20% compared to 2017. Some of this loss can be attributed to lack of volunteer bell ringers in the community. Bell ringers can raise an average of $60 per hour.

Money raised from the Red Kettles will go towards helping community members in need of food, housing and other basis needs throughout 2019.

The Salvation Army is calling upon the community to donate toys and dollars to the Red Kettles in order to help our neighbors in need this holiday season and throughout the entire year.

Bell ringers can volunteer to ring in 2-3 hour blocks at www.RegisterToRing.com or call the Salvation Army at 734.668.8353.

 

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