DECATUR – The Salvation Army is fully prepared for another year of toy distribution, and they plan to help 200 more families this year.
Starting tomorrow, December 15th through the 17th, Decatur and Macon County children in need will be receiving toys thanks to donations from the community. Dave MacDonna says this year they have enough toys for everyone to get more than one.
“We should have enough this year for every kid to at least get a big toy, one smaller toy, and something as a stocking stuffer,” said MacDonna.
Families who have applied for Christmas assistance have a certain time and date they can go and get toys for their kids. MacDonna says they host the event in their gym, and it is piled high with toys waiting for the children.
“This is a great event and is always a lot of fun,” says MacDonna. “We call it our “Joy Land” and we have everything sorted out by age and gender. It is nice that the parent or guardian gets to help pick out a toy that they know their child will enjoy.”
MacDonna says they should have enough toys even though this year grew by 200 more families, which amounts to just over 3,400 kids. The donations came from several toy drives including the Salvation Army Angel Tree, and the USMC Toys for Tots.
Toy distribution is set for 9 am to 4 pm in the Salvation Army gym located at 229 West Main Street.