The Salvation Army is seeking the public’s help to offset a shortage in toy donations for area families in need this holiday season.
Agency officials say there are little to no toys available for children 10 to 12 years old.
“The Salvation Army needs generous donors to purchase new, unwrapped toys for these older children,” said Maj. Roger Coulson, regional coordinator at The Salvation Army of the Midlands. “Time is running out and there are many children we still need to provide for.”
The Salvation Army will distribute toy donations Tuesday through Friday to local families. Volunteers began packing the family boxes last week, but officials say many of those boxes are sparse or not yet filled because of the lack of available toys.
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Donations can be dropped off at The Salvation Army, 3024 Farrow Road, Columbia, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. through Thursday.
Suggested items include basketballs, footballs, bikes, scooters, lego sets, science kits, arts and craft kits, headphones, roller skates, and electronic hand-held games.
“Many thanks to everyone who has donated toys to help local children in need and to all of the places where we collected toys,” Coulson said. “We still need additional support from the community to make sure each child gets new, unwrapped toys this Christmas season.”