The Salvation Army on the Midlands issued an appeal Friday for toy donations for older children, aged 10-to-12.
The christian charity group said families-in-need will start picking up donations on Monday but some of the boxes scheduled for pickup later in the week “are sparse or not yet filled due to the lack of toys available.”
Donation boxes were packed by volunteers this past week, said spokesman Andrew McIntyre. By week’s end, it was clear that there weren’t enough donated toys geared for older boys and girls, he said.
"The Salvation Army needs generous donors to purchase new, unwrapped toys for these older children," said Major Roger Coulson, Regional Coordinator at The Salvation Army of the Midlands.
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Suggested donations include the following: basketballs, footballs, bikes, scooters, lego sets, science kits, arts and craft kits, headphones, roller skates, blankets, instruments, watches, body spray, cosmetics and electronic handheld games.
WHERE TO TAKE DONATIONS:
- The Salvation Army Christmas Warehouse at 1200 Rosewood Ave., Columbia, SC 29201(South Carolina State Fairgrounds) at the Ruff Building.
- Use Gate 1
- Saturday between the hours 9 a.m. to 12 p.m
- Sunday - CLOSED
- Monday - Thursday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.