Redding Salvation Army gearing up for Stuff the Bus
REDDING, Calif. - The Salvation Army is busy signing up families in need for this year's Stuff the Bus Toy Drive with KRCR News Channel 7.
Captain Tim Danielson said they plan on helping around 450 families this year which is about equal with the number helped in 2016.
Danielson adds families that would like assistance during the holidays need to sign up at the office on Larkspur Lane in Redding between the hours of 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Families interested in receiving a toy from Stuff the Bus will need to bring with them income verification, birth certificate or some kind of identification for children and all adults in the household.
Income requirements vary depending on the number in your household. Toys will be passed out to kids up to 12-years-old, unless they have a younger sibling then up to 16-years-old.
This is the third toy drive for Danielson. He said he's amazed at the communities response every year. "It has been phenomenal every year this community is so giving. They're such wonderful people. To help out people they don't even know and come and drop off a gift in such a loving way. And the last two years we had stuffed that bus. I mean the reporters can't even get inside to do the report half the time because the toys are so full," said Danielson.
Shopkins, dolls and Hot Wheels are some of the popular toys requested this year. Danielson said toys that get the kids outside are also a good idea like skateboards, sport balls and fishing poles.
Toy donations can be collected at any red barrel throughout the Northstate. There are several locations in Shasta, Butte and Tehama counties. For a full list click here. You can also drop off new unwrapped toys at the live event and help KRCR News Channel 7 Stuff the Bus at Crown Motors in Redding and the Downtown City Plaza in Chico.