Salvation Army: More families in need of help during holidays


REDDING, CAlif. - More than 4,000 kids throughout the Northstate are expected to get a gift this Christmas through the Salvation Army. Many of those will be collected through the KRCR News Channel 7 Stuff the Bus Toy Drive.

Volunteers were busy helping families sign up for the Angel Tree Program in Redding Wednesday. Parents or guardians who wish to seek assistance need to bring an ID, proof of income and birth certificates for each child.

John Humiston said he is grateful for the Salvation Army's help the past three years making the holidays the best possible for his two kids.

"One year we actually got a big giant stocking that was big enough to hold all the kids' presents in," said Humiston. "That night we took it out and set it in the middle of the front room right in front of all the other presents and was like, oh Santa came. They just had the greatest Christmas that year."

Toys collected through KRCR's Stuff the Bus toy drive help to fill the gap for the Angel Tree program in Shasta County. It also helps Salvation Army locations in Red Bluff, Chico and Oroville. While many kids get a gift bought specifically for them from the Angel Trees, many names are not chosen. Gifts from Stuff the Bus will go to those children.

In Redding volunteers say they expected to surpass last year's nearly 1,000 gifts. The office in Red Bluff estimates around 800 kids this year; 400 more in Oroville. And the Chico office estimates 850 families, totaling 1,800 kids.

Each one needs a wide variety of toys for all ages. Volunteers say they do struggle each year with baby items and toys for the older kids.

You can donate to our Stuff the Bus Toy Drive all the way until December 9. That's when you will find KRCR out at Crown Motors in Redding and Wittmeier Ford in Chico.

If you have new, unwrapped toys to donate before then you can drop them off at any of the barrels found in Butte, Tehama and Shasta counties. For a full list of those locations click here.

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