The Salvation Army to provide “Toy Shopping Spree” to more than 1,000 families

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salvation-army-toy-driveThe Salvation Army has always helped those in need without hesitation or discrimination. Around the Holiday Season, this is especially true. Due to the downturn in the economy and the continued difficulties with the recession, The Salvation Army is once again experiencing a significant increase in first time applicants for material help this year, and that number that is expected to remain high.

As part of their assistance program, The Salvation Army of Long Beach is once again putting on its annual Toy & Joy Giveaway. The Salvation Army Long Beach Corps has collected a multitude of unwrapped toys and gifts and thousands of pounds of food that will be distributed to families from the greater Long Beach area that would otherwise be unable to provide Christmas to their children.

The food and toys have been collected throughout the last two months at various locations throughout the Greater Long Beach area. Needy families have signed up with The Salvation Army to go on mini shopping sprees at the Toy Warehouse, to choose gifts for their children to provide to them on Christmas Day. Toys include action figures, dolls, stuffed animals, board games, remote control vehicles and electronics. The Salvation Army expects to assist over 1,000 families this holiday season all in the three days (December 21st, 22nd & 23rd) with at least 50 volunteers on hand at all times.

“The families will pretty much be coming non-stop during the three day period”, said Mike White, Business Administrator for The Salvation Army of Long Beach. “It’s a great feeling knowing that we can help to provide families with a Christmas experience that they would normally be unable to provide.”

The Salvation Army encourages you to help as an individual, as part of a service club, or community group. The more the merrier. So come on, and help your local community, many who never thought they would ever need to ask for help.

Donations are still being accepted. For more information on how to donate toys or other gifts to, or to organize a food drive or volunteer for The Salvation Army please call Gail Crandall at 562-426-7637 ext. 222. Go online to for more information.

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