DECATUR– From books and puzzles, to Star Wars figurines or Frozen dolls, nearly two thousand Macon County children will have something to unwrap on Christmas.
The Salvation Army held the first day of their toy distribution Tuesday morning, wrapping up a month-long push to collect the toys from the community.
Salvation Army Major Wes Dalberg said they didn’t have an exact number of toys collected this year, but it was close to, if not greater than, 10,000, “We had an increase this year of about 200 families that signed up as part of the Angel Tree Program, and while that may not seem like a monumental jump, it is still extra that we need to collect.”
Dalberg said the Salvation Army benefited from a couple big fundraisers this year to make up the difference and help supplement the individual gifts, “In addition to our Angel Tree program, which does really well, we also held a toy drive at the beginning of this month that helped us greatly, and we had the winter concert that was also a boost this year.”
Overall, Dalberg says, he expects the toys to benefit over 3,000 kids, “We hope to see the need decrease in future years, but for right now this is what we need to do and we have people here who need our help, and as long as there is a need, the Salvation Army will be there to help out.”
Toy distribution will continue throughout today (Tuesday) and will go until Thursday. On Monday the Salvation Army will hand out their Christmas food boxes that they have collected for roughly the same amount of people.