Salvation Army In Desperate Need Of Toys For Children

CHICAGO (CBS) — The most wonderful time of the year could be a big bust for thousands Chicago area children who depend on toys from the Salvation Army.

The organization is pretty desperate. Toy donations are down 30 percent across the Chicagoland area — 60 to 70 percent at some city locations.

They say it’s never been this bad so close to the holiday, and they need those toys by next week.

A room usually used to store toys is practically empty. What has been collected is not enough to serve the 1,200 children expecting toys from the Salvation Center on the Northwest side of the city.

“I’m saddened by this,” Maj. Steve Harper says. “I’m not looking forward to having to tell a child or a family that we don’t have anything for you this Christmas.”

At this point, there are some 700 children at the center who may get that bad news.

There are nearly 12,000 more at the 30 centers across the Chicagoland area, and their Christmas is also threatened because toy donations are down 30 percent.

Harper says some people who have donated in the past are in dire straits themselves.

The money collected by Salvation Army bell ringers helps provide food for needy families, but it doesn’t cover toys. Toys are what they need.

The Salvation Army is scheduled to pass out toys to children next Wednesday and Thursday.

If you’d like to give you can go to the agency’s website and find the center nearest you.



  • Justforfacebook

    Food should be a priority, and as I have been hearing on the news, there are donations out there for the necessities… Toys are not necessities and maybe it’s time parents explain the priorities of life instead of materialism… and yes I have donated to 3 charities as well as the Salvation bucket.. and fyi, I am unemployed and have given the little that I have left to help others….

    • Roberta Waker

      If everyone did a little with what they have like you do, the world would be a much better place. While toys aren’t a necessity, children don’t always know that, so even a small game or toy for a couple of dollars could brighten a child’s Christmas. Merry Christmas and I hope you can find work soon.

  • Cathy

    This is sad..poor kids should be able to have a Christmas too and get some gifts that aren’t about meeting their immediate needs. Very unfortunate.

  • Vickie

    Me too! While I was out, I decided to pick up a few items thinking it would be easy to drop them off at the closest location. Now I have these toys I have to find something to do with if I cannot find a location.

  • Rayom

    Have the government stop taking peoples tax money to give welfare to those who drive a Lexus and stop taking our tax money to give lazy people food stamps and maybe do something right for a chance.

  • pat

    wheredoi go to drop off toys? schiller park

  • hurtywords

    That is NOT the link to the Salvation Army website! I’m wondering if the thrift stores collect toys, because when I went to the site, the closest location to me was a store.

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