Salvation Army asking for help during the holidays


REDDING, Calif. - The Salvation Army is gearing up for the 2015 holiday season, but they need help and volunteers.

The organization is looking for bell ringers to help fill the iconic red kettles and collect toys for children this Christmas season.

KRCR is teaming up with The Salvation Army for the annual Stuff the Bus toy drive to bring gifts to Northstate children who otherwise might not get much.

There are some changes this year. The Salvation Army has upped the age limit to 15, but only if the child has a younger sibling.

Salvation Army's Lieutenant Tim Danielson said they need of all sorts of toys for girls and boys.

"What we're really looking for would be Lego type toys or other indoor use toys because we know we're hitting a rainy season this year and the kids are going to be inside a lot. We're also looking for sports equipment," said Danielson.

The Salvation Army expects to feed between 70 to 80 families in Shasta County this Thanksgiving and plans to pass out nearly 500 food boxes and toys for Christmas.

The Stuff the Bus toy drive has started, and donations will be accepted at any locaiton with a barrel. There are already barrels in some locations, such as several schools in the Northstate.

The event will finish December 4 in Chico and Redding, when people can bring their toys by donation spots at the Chico Mall and Crown Motors in Redding.

KRCR will be there live trying to fill a B-line and RABA bus with toys for the community.

A full list of Stuff the Bus donation locations can be found here.

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