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Toys for Tots toy drive kicks off Monday

Linn County (KWWL) -- Toys for Tots kicks off their annual toy drive on Monday, November 9, 2009, in Linn County.

Residents are asked to bring new, unwrapped toys to one of the many collection sites across Linn County including the Cedar Rapids and Marion Wal-Mart stores.

A complete list of drop box locations can be found by visiting  The website also includes suggested toy ideas for children of all ages.  The program serves ages birth through 17.

The Salvation Army expects to help more than 1,500 families this year.

Last year organizers collected and distributed over 20,000 toys to needy children throughout Linn County.

Monetary donations will also be accepted payable to the Toys For Tots Foundation c/o The Salvation Army, 1000 C Avenue NW, Cedar Rapids, 52405.  

Toy collection runs November 9 - December 11.  For more information on how you can help, contact Lindsay Hand, Director of Social Services for The Salvation Army, at 319-364-9131.

There is still time to sign up for Christmas assistance - registration is required.  Christmas assistance includes both the toy shop and the holiday food box program.  Applications will be available at The Salvation Army through November 20.  No appointment is necessary.  Staff and volunteers will be accepting applications Monday through Friday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m.  Evening hours will also be available from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, November 12 and Thursday, November 19.  All households that meet the income guidelines of 185% of the poverty level are eligible to apply for food boxes.  Those households with children ages birth to 17 also qualify for the toy distribution.

Applicants must bring the following to apply:  Iowa issued picture identification card, social security cards for each member of the family and proof of income.  Acceptable documents to verify income include:  Social Security statement or letter from the Social Security Administration stating income, 2008 income taxes, pay stubs from the last 30 days, food stamp EBT card, LIHEAP approval letter and/or WIC packet.  For more information, contact The Salvation Army at 319-364-9131 or visit

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