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Carthage Salvation Army seeks help for 300 kids this Christmas

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    New families are among those needing help this Christmas. 
At  the salvation army in Carthage, lunch is prepared and served Monday through Friday. But the agency knows with demand for its meals and food pantry on the rise,  families  will also need help to give kids Christmas gifts. 
   Carthage Salvation Army has 300 kids signed up in need of Christmas help and it hopes to provide at least two toys for each child. Families had to meet income guidelines to get on the list. 
  Corps officer Lt. Julie Trapp says, "Its income based and really that's how it should be. If your bills are not matching your income, really you can't afford to buy,  Christmas presents are an extra so if you're just barely making it to pay utilities and rent assistance,  and medicine, and gas for a vehicle,  then you can't afford the toys or the food for Christmas and thanksgiving."  Lt. Trapp says many families faced a cut in food stamps this year. 

   The Carthage Salvation Army is one of many agencies partnering with KOAM-TV during its Toybox campaign.  Lt. Trapp says, "We're grateful we have such a  community that is so giving and they're willing to partner with us  to provide toys for these  kids.

   The army hopes to provide two toys for each child, meaning it needs 600 toys.
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