St. Louis, Mo., December 16, 2014 – The Salvation Army will distribute approximately 20,000 toys through its Toy Town program this week with walk-in days on Thursday, Dec. 18 and Friday, Dec. 19. Some 5,000 local children whose parents cannot afford Christmas presents will receive them through this program. Approximately 350 volunteers help out, and gifts are organized by age and gender to make selection easier.
Toy Town also provides families with a voucher redeemable at local grocery stores to purchase the basics for a holiday meal. Through Toy Town and its General Assistance program, which serves low income households without children, The Salvation Army is issuing over 4,600 food vouchers. The program is funded through the Tree of Lights campaign, which runs through Jan. 31.
Throughout the bi-state region, The Salvation Army has seen an increase in individuals seeking assistance making the public’s support of the Tree of Lights Campaign all the more important. The Army is able to reach out to help people in our region through more than 100 programs at 14 worship and community centers.
Last year, The Salvation Army provided 35,719 meals to hungry men, women and children, 93,248 nights of shelter to the community’s homeless, 35,533 food pantry boxes to families in need, and 54,096 Christmas toys and gifts in the St. Louis Metropolitan area. Across Missouri and Southern Illinois, The Salvation Army provided 453,502 meals to hungry men, women and children, 178,715 nights of shelter to the community’s homeless, 94,985 food pantry boxes to families in need, and 139,779 Christmas toys and gifts.
Donations stay local, and 86 cents of every donated dollar goes directly into programming. People may donate: • By mail: send checks to 1130 Hampton Ave., St. Louis, MO 63139 • By credit card, over the phone, toll-free, at: 1-800-SAL-ARMY • By credit card, on the internet, at: www.stlsalvationarmy.org or via text by texting “TREEOFLIGHTS” (all one word) to 41444.
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About The Salvation Army:
The Salvation Army is an international organization that has been faithfully serving St. Louis since 1881. For more than 130 years, St. Louis residents with no place to go have turned to The Salvation Army for compassion, strength, and encouragement. The Salvation Army serves community members 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year through dozens of different programs and services that are designed to help people attain, or regain, self-sufficiency. For more information, go to www.stlsalvationarmy.org.