Volunteers and translators needed for Toy Shop

Client selecting gifts at the toy shop distribution

Written by Julie Borgen, Twin Cities Media Relations Director

The Twin Cities Salvation Army is seeking additional volunteers for its Christmas Toy Shops the week of Dec. 18-23.

Toy Shop provides thousands of local families in need with an opportunity to shop at The Salvation Army for free Christmas gifts for their children.

Volunteers help with everything from checking parents in, to stocking tables with toys, to assisting parents as they shop. Translators who speak Spanish, Somali or Hmong are needed in most locations.

Sign Up to Help

There will be seven Toy Shop locations in the Twin Cities, including Maplewood, Brooklyn Park, two in St. Paul, and three in Minneapolis. Between 40-60 volunteers are needed per shift, so groups are welcome, in addition to individual volunteers. Volunteers must be at least 12 years old, please.

Shift times are 8:30 a.m.–1 p.m., noon–4 p.m., or 3:30-8 p.m. A meal is provided for volunteers at each shift. Our biggest need is for the final shift of each day, plus setup and teardown in the days surrounding the toy distribution.

Select your location below in bold, then click sign up online to view all needed shifts at that location:

  • Dec. 17 – 20 – Minneapolis, East Lake Street Salvation Army (sign up online)
  • Dec. 18 – 20 – Minneapolis, Central Ave. Salvation Army (sign up online)
  • Dec. 18 – 20 – Brooklyn Park, Noble Parkway Salvation Army (sign up online)
  • Dec. 18 – 20 – St. Paul, Payne Ave. Salvation Army (sign up online)
  • Dec. 20 – 22 – St. Paul, 7th Street W. Salvation Army (sign up online)
  • Dec. 20 – 22 – Minneapolis, North Lyndale Ave. Salvation Army (sign up online)
  • Dec. 21 – 23 – Maplewood, Woodlyn Ave. Salvation Army (sign up online)

You can also sign up or get more information about how you can help by calling 651-746-3426.

Toy Shop registration for families is closed for 2017. People who missed the deadline can call United Way 211 for other potential options.

Poverty is an everyday battle. People experiencing poverty are not without hope – their lives are just harder than they should be. The Salvation Army is helping to make their lives a little easier, thanks to your gifts of time and money. Join us in the fight for good by giving online or donating at a red kettle, becoming a volunteer bell ringer, or recruiting your own army as a fundraiser on RedKettleReason.org. Learn more about how The Salvation Army fights poverty in your community.

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