Toyota employees step up for Salvation Army

An Oklahoma woman was reunited with her ring after her husband accidentally dropped it in a Salvation Army kettle

Part of the money goes toward its Toy Shop.

It didn't take long for the community to step up to the challenge of replacing all of those gifts. Jeff Daniel, commander of the Tupelo Salvation Army post. "It's really been a neat thing".

The Salvation Army-Fox Cities will give out donated gifts to thousands of local children this week. Captain Benny Carringer of the Wheeling Salvation Army says he used to be a recipient of Angel Tree gifts, and now he's honored to be apart of such an incredible process.

"It is important that people realize we are not just a Christmas organization - their contributions remain in St. Clair County to serve our residents all year long", Schuetz said. "When we started, we were able to put the toys in little barrels".

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So imagine her surprise when Officer Lauren Develle arrived on the family's doorstep later that evening to reassure the boy. Seuss character's intentions. "He called to say the Grinch is going to steal his Christmas".

As of December 13, the kettles have raised a total of $473,620.

The Salvation Army could have been mistaken for Santa's Workshop as staff worked through the weekend to sort through thousands of donated gifts. Suggs said there are around 2,000 employees (including on-site supplier workers) at the Blue Springs plant. Botkin let it slip when he called Friday to make sure the commander was going to be at the toy drive donation.

"They're gonna be a lot of happy young ones", she said. "Think about the work the Salvation Army is trying to do in our community by trying to do the most good for those in the most need".

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