With just a few days to go before the Salvation Army will begin handing out Christmas hampers to families in need the organization is issuing a plea for toy donations.
Officials are estimating they need an additional 5,000 toys for children aged 9 to 12 before they start distributing the hampers on Monday.
Desperate need for toys ages 9-12 this Christmas – we need an additional 5,000 gifts/toys just for this age group! Please donate if you can!
— The Salvation Army (@TSALondon) December 9, 2016
Shannon Wise with the Sally Ann tells AM980 they are also running short on gifts for infants, but the greatest need is for older kids.
“For that age group about 9 to 12 it gets overlooked a bit at Christmas time which is unfortunate because sometimes people think ‘oh, I want to buy something cute and cuddly’ and that’s great – but we also can’t forget about the tweens as well,” says Wise.
“We really want people to take the time to go to that section at whatever store you’re shopping at and specifically pick out something for the ages 9 to 12 that they can really use on a daily basis. Hair straighteners are great, shampoo, conditioner, those sorts of things, gift cards to any place they would shop. Things like books and board games, gift cards are always great.”
Wise adds that hats and mittens are always in need.
Donations can be made at any Salvation Army location and they can also be dropped off directly at the Progress Building.
Registration and distribution gets underway from Monday, December 12 to Friday, December 16th at the Progress Building at the Western Fair District.
With files from Natalie Lovie.