Volunteers seem plentiful, but some local charities are falling short of this year's goals. "We just want to reach out and help in the community and get established here," said volunteer Fran Denninger. Members of the Leland Police Officers Association are working with Toys for Tots for a charity called Operation Santa Cop. They are trying to surpass last year's goal by collecting more than 1,200 toys for needy children in the Leland area. Right now, they are about 200 toys short. They have plenty of toys for toddlers and young children, but are in desperate need of toys for young teens. It is not too late to help. Toys can be donated at Walmart and other locations in Leland until Christmas Eve. "We know it's really rough, but if you could find a way, even if it's one toy, that's great, and maybe it'll catch on to other folks, and we can make this a bright Christmas for these kids. They really need it, especially in the times we're living in now," Cpl. Robert Ernest said. Other local charities are experiencing similar struggles. An example is the Salvation Army's angel tree, where people choose a child to shop for. The old Haverty’s building has a room lined with about 3,000 bags of clothing for needy children. The problem is there are holes; about 200 of them where people took a name off the angel tree with good intentions but for whatever reason, did not turn any clothes in for that child. Major Butch Mallard of the Salvation Army said, "Christmas is for kids, and we'd like each of them to wake up on Christmas morning, that have new toys, but all their friends are having clothes, but we'd like them to have at least one new outfit." Denninger added, "We're there to help each other. You never know when you're going to be in that spot and want someone to reach out and help you." The Salvation Army will still accept clothing until Thursday at noon, but it would rather have monetary donations. You can drop off donations at the old Haverty's on Oleander Drive across from the Independence Mall or at the Salvation Army office on North Second Street. Good Shepherd on Martin Street in Wilmington also needs canned goods and winter clothing.
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