Guam – The Salvation Army is Seeking Donations for Their Santa’s Toy Shop Gift Assistance Program The Salvation Army has offered Christmas gift assistance to families on Guam since 1994.
This has become a long-standing tradition for the non-profit organization in providing toys to disadvantaged children during the holiday season.
Sadly, with the number of toys collected so far, it seems unlikely that the shop will be filled in time for distribution, leaving hundreds of families without gifts under their tree this Christmas.
In years past, they have provided about 2,000 children annually with gifts that their families would not have been able to afford otherwise.
This year, The Salvation Army has signed up over 1,300 children to receive toys. These numbers do not include the additional 500 anticipated to sign up for their waiting list.
These children range in age from Newborns up to 17 years old. Upon the day of distribution parents are ushered into the toy shop, and allowed to pick items for their children. The gifts are then discreetly bagged and the parents are given the option to have their gifts wrapped, free of charge, by community volunteers. The toys are intended to be gifted from the parents, and not directly from the assistance program, helping bring a little more light to the lives of these children who would have otherwise gone without.
The economy has impacted everyone over the course of this year, and The Salvation Army is struggling to meet the volume of need in our community. So far this season, they have only collected enough toys to help just a handful of those children in need. Santa’s Toy Shop is set to open Wednesday, December 19th.
The Salvation Army is asking for support from our community to help our friends and neighbors in need get through the holiday season with a little more hope. They are in need of a wide range of toys and teen appropriate gifts to fill the shelves of Santa’s Toy Shop. The gifts are grouped by age brackets including 0-5, 6-8, 9-12, and 13-17.
Their greatest needs are in the 13-17 age group as well as baby and newborn toys. They are also seeking donations of wrapping paper, tape, and heavy duty black trash bags.
Donations can be dropped off at The Salvation Army- Family Services Center in Tyan by Dec.17. They are open Monday through Friday 9:00am-4:00pm. For more information, directions to their facility, or if you would like to volunteer, please call 477-9872/8