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Salvation Army begins toy distribution to 900 plus families

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The spirit of giving comes full circle during distribution days at the Salvation Army warehouse in Joplin.
    Donations from the KOAM toybox campaign and others  are making a difference to real families in need. 

Jennifer  Turner waited  while volunteers filled  the wish list for her four children, including toys and shoes.
She says, "They love everything and anything from the smallest to the biggest doesn't matter." 

Distribution day at the Army warehouse means rows and rows of boxes of gifts given through efforts like the KOAM toybox.
Lt. Jamie Curry says, "Its just the excitement in their faces and to see families realize they can still have things under the tree. They can still make it special for their family cause other people in the community we're willing to give."

For Tammy Baker this year Christmas joy comes in a box.
Baker says, "Its actually a blessing. I've never done this before  and its helped out me and my girls.  We just started over and we've had a rough year. We got our new apartment and everything, its just..."

Sherry Smith says even though she's working this will help. "With bills, everything, really just keeping the family afloat." 
She gets a big toy gun for her boy and lip gloss for her girl and dolls and other gifts.
  
 The  families struggling to make ends meet also  get a box of food from the Salvation Army because others have helped provide toys.

Lt. Curry says, "When they  realize, ah  I don't have to  choose something I really need and use my money for, or for food in my home, basic necessities cause I'll have it taken care of by Salvation Army. The fact that we can give food to every person every family that comes through the door  is awesome." 


 Its not just toys some with get this Christmas, shoes and socks are often on their wish lists. Jennifer says, " just having brand new socks. Its just a good feeling brand new shoes, a good feeling to have new stuff."

And all the moms are grateful.  Sherry says, "Thank you very much,  it helps everybody everywhere."
And from Jennifer, "Its  awesome. its just a blessing.

The Salvation Army warehouse is located at 12-th and Wall streets in Joplin. 
  Its open for both distribution, and to receive donations which are still needed particularly for those ages 14 to 18.  
Lt. Curry says, "Most  people like to buy for little babies. That's not a bad thing  but sometimes they (teens) get forgotten or their tags are left on the trees. So we want to  be sure to fill that need  so its one of those harder age groups to fill anywhere 14 on up its tough. We  run out of those gifts quickly and are  always in need of nail polish, hair dryers, straighteners, make up for girls and  boys  could use sports equipment football things or wrestling, movies,  games blankets,  and anything like that is necessary for that age group."



 

 

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