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Salvation Army “Toy and Joy” event gives struggling parents a place to “shop” for Christmas

Submitted by on December 19, 2012 – 2 Comments

Caption: Bikes donated by Amazon lined up at Centurylink Field in Seattle! Photo by Major Dana Libby

One of the most touching examples of Christmas caring is happening right now in Seattle, Washington.

Thousands of toys donated by generous companies, individual donors, schools and service clubs have been organized by volunteers at Centurylink Field to create a one-day “Toy and Joy” event.

“Toy and Joy” is designed to give moms and dads who are struggling to make ends meet somewhere to ‘shop.’

It doesn’t cost them a thing, but they get to stroll the aisles to pick out something for their little ones, just like millions of other parents this holiday season.

My colleague Lora Marini Baker says it’s designed that way for a reason. The Salvation Army wants to give parents choices and a little dignity; two things that are often in short supply when times are tough.

More than 12,000 kids in the Seattle area and another 30,000 in Western Washington will have something to unwrap on Christmas morning because of the efforts of our generous donors, hardworking volunteers and dedicated staff.

What a wonderful Christmas story. Thank you to everyone who makes “Toy and Joy” possible.

:: Find out how you can become involved with The Salvation Army in the Northwest by clicking here.

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  • Kathy Lovin says:

    Karen – The signups for Christmas assistance are held well in advance of Christmas. That gives us plenty of time to work with community partners, approach donors, and raise funds so we’ll have sufficient resources to meet the needs.

    Toys are being distributed in most markets this week so I’m afraid you’ll be too late to receive help this year.

    Click on this link and put in your zip code to find The Salvation Army near where you live. If you give them a call immediately, you may still be able to get assistance.

    God bless you!

  • Karen says:

    I was wondering how you get your children signed up for the free christmas presents moneys been really scarce this year what with bills and all, I don’t want to be the one to tell them santa can’t make it can you please email me back with how this works?