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Twin Cities Toy Shop registration opens, toys needed

Added on Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Written by Julie Borgen, Twin Cities Media Relations Director for The Salvation Army Northern Division.

Roseville, Minn. – The Twin Cities Salvation Army is collecting new, unwrapped toys for its annual Toy Shop to help local families who may not be able to afford to buy Christmas toys for their children.

Registration for families with children ages 14 and under opens today and runs through Dec. 1, or until all the spots are filled. Online registration is encouraged. People without access to a computer can go to their closest Salvation Army for help registering.

Toy Shop guest leaves with presentsThis year, The Salvation Army expects to serve 7,700 families in the metro area, making Christmas brighter for 23,000 children. That’s up from 18,000 children last year.

Registered families will be assigned to one of six Toy Shop events in the metro area during the week of Dec. 18-23, where they can shop for free toys for their children. Parents can choose from one larger gift, or two smaller ones, along with stocking stuffers and books to put under the tree.

“We are grateful to the people who give so generously to support our Toy Shops,” said Lt. Col. Lonneal Richardson, leader of The Salvation Army Northern Division. “This allows families who are struggling financially to still provide a joyful Christmas for their children.”

To donate, please bring new, unwrapped toys to any Salvation Army Worship and Service Center in the Twin Cities, or to our headquarters at 2445 Prior Ave. N. in Roseville.

The Salvation Army is most in need of gifts for children ages 10-14.

Poverty is an everyday battle. People experiencing poverty are not without hope – their lives are just harder than they should be. The Salvation Army is helping to make their lives a little easier, thanks to your gifts of time and money. Join us in the fight for good by giving online or donating at a red kettle, becoming a volunteer bell ringer, or recruiting your own army as a fundraiser on Learn more about how The Salvation Army fights poverty in your community.