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Salvation Army: Older kid toys needed for holiday season

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REDDING, Calif. - For the first time the Shasta County Salvation Army increased the age limit for their annual Christmas toy distribution.

The new age limit is 15, but only if they have a sibling under the age of 12.

KRCR is teaming up with the organization for the annual Stuff the Bus toy drive on December 4 and need the public's help collecting gifts for all the kids.

Salvation Army's Lt. Tim Danielson said perfect gifts for the kids could be headphones or portable phone chargers.

Pictures frames and wall stickers are also nice so they could decorate their room.

The older kids could also use sporting goods like basketballs, soccer balls, footballs and even skateboards.

Lt. Danielson said monetary donations are also beneficial so they can specifically meet the need of every kid.

"A lot people like to go to the tree and pull the younger kids tags because they like to shop for them. But when it comes to the older kids, sometimes they get left out," said Lt. Danielson.

"So we're looking forward to possibly having some partners here in the community that might be able to help us out monetarily so that we can go out and get the gifts for that age bracket," he added.

The main thing to avoid are gift cards. Lt. Danielson said they prefer to stay away from gifts that have a particular value attached.

If the Salvation Army does receive a donated gift card, they will use them at the store to buy specific toys they still need.

The Stuff the Bus toy drive is December 4 at both the Chico Mall and Crown Motors in Redding.

You can also drop off toys at several locations over the next couple of weeks. A full list is available here.

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