Toy shortage could leave 4,000 kids without presents

Volunteer selecting toys off the shelf for kids at Toy Shop

ROSEVILLE, Minn. – The Salvation Army is dangerously low on toy donations in the Twin Cities. Give now.

Toy Shop distributionThe Salvation Army needs enough toys to serve about 19,000 children this Christmas season, but current inventory levels can accommodate only 15,000 children. This shortfall must be filled before our metro area toy distributions begin on Tuesday, Dec. 18. Watch WCCO TV news story.

“Without more toy donations, it is possible that 4,000 local kids could go without a present this Christmas,” said Lt. Col. Lonneal Richardson, leader of The Salvation Army Northern Division. “We humbly ask our supporters to help in any way they can.”

Listed below are the age categories for which The Salvation Army is most in need of toys, and the exact toy shortage associated with each group:

  • 0-2: Need toys for 700 kids
  • 6-9 boys: 500
  • 10+ boys: 975
  • 6-9 girls: 680
  • 10+ girls: 1,000

Current inventory levels are adequate for boys and girls ages 3 to 5.

You can help the Twin Cities Salvation Army provide toys for children in need by giving in any of the following ways:

  • Donate online. The Salvation Army will use your gift to buy toys.
  • Drop off new, unwrapped toys at The Salvation Army’s headquarters, 2445 Prior Ave. N., Roseville.
  • Buy toys online and have them shipped to The Salvation Army, 2445 Prior Ave. N., Roseville, MN 55113.
  • Drop off new, unwrapped toys at any of seven Salvation Army worship and service centers in the Twin Cities. Find your nearest location.

Poverty is an everyday battle that families don’t always win. Thankfully, there is an army of loving people like you who fight on their behalf. Your generosity puts food on their table, presents under their tree, and joy in their hearts. Join the fight for good by donating online or at a red kettle, becoming a volunteer bell ringer, or recruiting your own army of fundraisers at Learn more about how The Salvation Army fights poverty in your community.

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