Christmas morning is being filled with joy for more than 700 children who normally wouldn’t find much under the tree.
Thanks to the community’s support, including a major donation from the TOYota Drive, the Salvation Army’s Christmas Toy Room is able make the holiday a little merrier for kids.
“They wouldn’t have a lot otherwise,” said David MacBain, Salvation Army community ministries director.
Along with the more than 750 food hampers handed out at the food bank this year, parents will be able to pick out some special gifts for the more than 700 children in need.
“We see a lot of smiles walking out the door,” said MacBain. “Parents are relieved and thankful for the generosity of the community.”
A major delivery which helped fill the toy room Tuesday was two truck loads and one car load of new toys collected through the second annual TOYota Drive. Even Santa himself came to help deliver the toys just in time, as the Salvation Army toy room opens its doors to parents Thursday and Friday.
“This has been absolutely overwhelming for the great people of Vernon to donate all these beautiful toys for the wonderful children of Vernon,” said Scott Robb of Vernon Toyota.
“It does get bigger and better every year, which is the goal.”
Although the room is packed with toys, there are some age groups that are lacking.
Additional items are needed for babies aged zero to two (Leapfrog, Baby Genius, blocks and play food are some suggestions) and nine to 12 year olds (movie passes, Hunger Game toys, jewelry making kits, advanced Lego, remote toys with batteries and Minecraft are some suggestions).
Donations can be made at the Salvation Army.