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As deadline approaches, Toyland is empty
The Salvation Army’s Toyland is still pretty empty.
The Fredericksburg Corps is hoping to make the holidays bright for 1,944 area children, senior citizens and people with disabilities.
Gifts are due on Friday, and there are still many empty spots in Toyland–and angels still on trees in area stores.
These still-unplucked angels and empty spaces could translate into disappointed children on Christmas morning.
The Salvation Army is determined to keep that from happening.
And they need the community’s assistance. If you’d like to help, you can take an angel off a tree in the Spotsylvania Towne Centre, area Walmarts, some Giant Food stores or the Salvation Army office at 2012 Lafayette Blvd.
You could also just donate new, unwrapped toys at the Salvation Army’s office. And this Saturday, you will have the opportunity to donate new, unwrapped toys at area Walmart stores.
Donations will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, at the following Walmart stores: Central Park, Massaponax, Rt. 17 in Stafford, Garrisonville, Ferry Farm and Dahlgren.
The Salvation Army needs all sorts of toys so that area children can have a bright Christmas. They especially need toys for boys and girls ages 7 to 14.
UPDATE: Some people have been asking for details about how, exactly, the Angel Tree program works. Here are some details from a story Rob Hedelt wrote last month:
It works like this: Families and individuals apply for the holiday help and are screened for need and to avoid duplication with other aid programs.
Along with the application, the youngsters and the others seeking help provide a list of wanted gifts, along with sizes and other details.
If the applicant meets requirements, their wants go on a tag that’s hung from one of the Angel Trees throughout the community.
People shop for the tag/person they adopt, then bring the items they purchase back to the Angel Tree site for pickup.