With just days to go to get your donation in, the Salvation Army is sending out a message to help kids around the region get a toy on Christmas Day. They’ve partnered up with 570 News and our sister station KIX 106.7 for the 2011 Secret Santa Toy Drive.
Major Rick Sheasby with the Kitchener Salvation Army tells 570 News so far they’ve received about 700 toys. Donations are being accepted for kids aged zero to 17, with a special focus on girls aged 9. For some reason that age group seems to be a hard to buy for, according to Sheasby.
“Anybody who supports the Secret Santa, supports the Salvation Army. There’s lots’ of toy drives including one at Fairview Mall and at all Rogers Stations. We have companies, and individuals dropping off toys at 300 Gage Avenue,” says Sheasby. He adds that they would prefer if people dropped toys off at a (designated) spot where they can be picked up by 570 News or KIX 106 and brought to the Salvation Army. Sheasby says if you’re desparate you can even drop a toy off at a Kettle Drive location, but it’s not really ideal: “It’s just that, wherever a kettle is, we’re not prepared to recieve gifts there. Some people do drop them off there, but there is nowhere really to put them.”
Donations will be accepted right up until Christmas Eve.