I was blessed to be invited to the Salvation Army Appreciation Dinner. I have been volunteering for them for the past 5 years at the Salvation Army in Manchester for their annual toy shop.
The Salvation Army's Toy Shop is designed to assist needy families with gifts and a food voucher for the holiday season. Through our assistance program; we are able to assure that all children will receive at least four presents to open on Christmas morning and that everyone in the household will be able to share in a special meal that day. Given that we serve nearly 4,000 children from birth to age 15, we must buy in large quantities and focus on traditional gifts such as board games, trucks, cars and other toys that have general appeal for a particular age group. Toy drives are greatly appreciated because they provide families with a broader range of gifts from which to choose. The age group for gifts that are most needed, range from 11-15. The Toy Shop last year provided gifts to over 1,000 families.