Give A Toy to a Local Child in Need, from the Comfort of Your Home
by The Salvation Army
“I thought Christmas was for other kids.” For thousands of children right here in our local neighborhoods, that is what they have been used to thinking recently.
For thousands of families right here in Northeast Ohio, the economic recovery since the pandemic has been slow and devastating. Many families lost desperately needed wages, as bills and health concerns mounted. Today, the cost of goods is higher, putting additional strains on already tight budgets for hard working men and women.
Angel Tree Online Gift Registry
But you can Rescue Christmas for a local child this year and keep hope marching on. The Salvation Army and Walmart have teamed up again this year to set up online gift registries that allow you the amazing opportunity to purchase a toy from the registry and Walmart will ship that toy to The Salvation Army, who will distribute them to families in need.
The toy you purchase today, may be the only toy a child receives this year. You will be making a lasting impact for a child who is expecting nothing this year.
It was generous folks like you that allowed The Salvation Army last year to serve nearly 680,000 people across Northeast and Northwest Ohio, this is a 50% increase from 2019. Thousands of families, for the first time ever, found themselves needing to reach out to The Salvation Army for help and hope. During Christmas alone, The Salvation Army distributed over 158,000 toys to local children, many of whom would have received nothing last year. None of this would have been possible without everyday champions doing whatever they could to help others navigate a difficult time.
It’s More Than a Toy
Certainly, Christmas is not about toys, the meaning of Christmas is one rooted in faith and a time when we can bring family and friends together to share that faith and love toward one another. The Salvation Army, as a faith-based organization, is called to provide service to others, as part of their faith and ministry. With your help, you will be not only be providing a child with a new toy, but you will bring joy to their heart.
“I thought Christmas was for other kids.”
Your simple act of kindness will bring relief and gratitude to hard working parents who are overwhelmed with stress. You can help The Salvation Army serve thousands of children this year and restore the excitement of having a present under the tree. The best part is, it only takes a few minutes, and you can do it from the comfort and safety of your home.
Here is how you can provide toys to children in need:
1. Visit: WalmartAngelTree.com on your smartphone, tablet, or computer
2. Enter your zip code
3. Select The Salvation Army location where you want local kids to receive your gift
4. Purchase a Toy from the Registry. Walmart will send it to The Salvation Army you chose.
5. Smile. You have just provided a toy to a local boy or girl who will be so joyful on Christmas morning knowing that toys at Christmas are for all children.
Have a Need or Want to Get More Involved?
If you are one of the thousands of local people who need a little help this holiday season, please reach out to The Salvation Army. For a list of services and locations, please visit SalvationArmyOhio.org. For those looking to support families in need and are looking for ways to get involved there are plenty of volunteer opportunities and ways to donate. You can even ring the iconic bell at a red kettle stand located at a nearby retail location. Learn more about The Salvation Army at SalvationArmyOhio.org.
About The Salvation Army
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 a broad 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 for the homeless, along with educational and recreational opportunities for underprivileged children.