The Sierra Vista Salvation Army group is seeking help for about 160 Angel Tree tags out for children who need toys. It is getting close to when items which have been purchased for children have to be turned in, and they need them back by Saturday so we can have them ready to distribute by Tuesday.
Distribution of toys and clothing will be at the old Po Folks Restaurant, on the south side of Fry Boulevard, just east of 7th Street, noting each family knows the time period they can come.
Each family also will be provided a Christmas meal box, which will include a turkey, he said, noting when it comes to turkeys enough have been donated to fill the food box needs.
The amount who signed up for the program, and others who didn't but need help, will probably exceed 600 children involving 200 families.
So far, 450 children have been signed up, with items needed for infants to 12-year-olds, boys and girls, which will support 160 families, Initial tags for nearly 300 children had been placed on the special trees.
The organizers, the Schmigs noted, that they are also looking for extra toys to not only replace those on the tags taken, but not turned in, but also to help children of families who were late in applying. People who haven't signed up but need help can still apply, and she suggests they call the Salvation Army office for help.
However, applications will be cut off sometime next week, in order to fill requests, she said. The items will be unwrapped so adults can wrap them for their children, and they will be placed in bags for families to pick up.
He said the organization is also seeking additional help for kettle ringers, those who stand by Salvation Army kettles outside some stores where people can drop money donations. Individuals who want to be bell ringers can apply at the office, he said.
Kettle ringers are needed every day at Big Lots, Kmart, Walgreens and Walmart on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at Fry's, and Friday and Saturday at Safeway, he said, noting no kettles are out on Sunday. Donations in the kettles are kept at the Sierra Vista Salvation Army to be used for general operations during the year, he said. And, on Christmas Day, which is a Sunday this year, the Salvation Army service will be held at 11 a.m.
Want to help?
Individuals interested in assisting the Salvation Army's last-minute appeal for help or those who need assistance can call the office at 459-8411. Those who wish to donate toys or clothing for children between the ages of infant to 12, or make monetary donations for the project can do so at the office, located at 158 E.
Wilcox Drive. Resource: http://www.svherald.com/content/news/2011/12/13/239039
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