Salvation Army Toy Drive helping families this holiday season

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — It’s that time of year again where families all over San Diego County prepare for the holidays, but some will struggle to make ends meet.

The Salvation Army is holding their annual holiday toy drive, but are 10,000 toys short of reaching their goal this year, which means some children will have nothing to open Christmas morning.

"We have about 10,000 children throughout San Diego County that we’ve already pre-signed up to receive toys. So because we are short toys, there could potentially be some families that don’t get enough toys …," said Janet Reade, the community volunteer manager for the Salvation Army.

The organization is currently short in toys for ages 10-12 for both boys and girls and infants 0-2.

"Once we have a final count on all of our toys, we are able to divide that number by the families that we’re serving and be able to give them additional toys," Reade said. "We don’t ever want a child to wake up on Christmas morning and have nothing from Santa or their parents." 

Reade also said that so many families tell them that had it not been for the Salvation Army, their kids would have had nothing to open on Christmas. 

Those wishing to donate can drop toys off to any Salvation Army location, Massage Envy San Diego or directly to the Any Salvation Army location or Massage Envy San Diego, Kroc Center. 

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865.

Nearly 33 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children.

About 83 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in nearly 9,000 communities nationwide.

For more information, head to the Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center.

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