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Charity Organizations Work to Meet Holiday Donation Goals

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- We've made it through Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. Now, it's time to give back.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- We've made it through Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. Now, it's time to give back.

The motto today, December 3, is to “pay it forward” on Giving Tuesday.

In the Giving Tuesday spirit, KOLR10 visited with some local charities to see where they are on meeting their holiday donation goals.

The Salvation Army is looking for volunteers to help with its toy store and assistance programs this holiday season.

Their holiday program is called the Tree of Lights and aims to raise money to fund a wide array of Salvation Army services throughout the year as well as toys for local children.

"We're going to be helping about a thousand families,” says Major Norman Grainger, with the Salvation Army. “That generates to about 25,000 children and we try to give two reasonable size toys to the children. So you’re talking about 5-6,000 toys that we need to collect throughout the community."

Grainger says the Salvation Army is about 70 percent to its monetary goal of $965,000.

The toy collection lasts until Christmas Eve and you'll see the red donation kettles around town until mid-January.

Over at Crosslines, the need has increased to help low income families.

As of now, Director Tom Faulkner says they've collected about 5,000 toys of their goal is 20,000 toys to help families in need.

"We need basically financial assistance,” says Faulkner. “We can stretch those dollars a lot further. We still want toys. If somebody has new toys that they want to bring in, they can bring them here to Crosslines or the counsel of churches next door."

You can donate toys at several businesses around town until Dec. 12 and sign up to volunteer with the organization on the Crosslines website.

The Marines at Toys for Tots are gearing up for a big weekend.

Coming up this Friday and Saturday (Dec. 6-7), they are asking the community’s help to fill the Youngblood Nissan showroom on Campbell Avenue.

Their goal is to collect 50,000 toys for boys and girls of any age.

"We collect new, unused toys for the children in the local community that otherwise would not have anything to open on Christmas morning,” says Sergeant Ben Callahan, the coordinator assistant for Toys for Tots.

KOLR10 is also a drop-off point for Toys for Tots and Ozarks Food Harvest this holiday season.

Deliver donated food and new toys to our front lobby anytime between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The deadline for toys is December 13th, but food can be donated until the end of the year.

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