Toys galore at the Salvation Army giveaway
For the past few months, the Salvation Army has been collecting toy donations for needy families. Friday, all those donations were given out at the largest toy shop in the Port City. This year, 900 families qualified for holiday help.
Butch Mallard from the Salvation Army said, “A lot of them wouldn’t have Christmas at all if it wasn’t for the Salvation Army and the people of our community.”
Patti Kucan, a Salvation Army volunteer, said, “They just appreciate it and the heart felt warmth. It really gets you in the Christmas spirit.”
Dollieann Grady was busy shopping for her two grandchildren. She said the community outpouring and the Salvation Army has really made the holiday special. “They help a lot they really do. I appreciate what they do for me,” she said.
Too many toys to count will end up in the hands of more than two thousand area children. For many of the families, tough economic times have put a strain on finances, but not on their Christmas spirit.
“I actually got laid off from my job. I’m still looking so I’m glad that the Salvation Army is helping. It just makes me feel better,” said Wilmington’s Katana Jones.
Lisa Ramirez of Whiteville said, “I appreciate it all, believe me I do. If it wasn’t for the Salvation Army my children wouldn’t have a Christmas.”
The Salvation Army Toy Shop receives help from dozens of volunteers from the Navy and Marine Corps., and their Toys for Tots campaign.