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Johnson County Salvation Army needs help to meet goal


Tajuana Fomba of Coralville is a single mother with five children.

"Christmas is my favorite holiday," she said.  "Just the meaning of actually giving gifts."

Being able to give her kids the Christmas they desire is something Fomba never takes for granted.

"Sometimes I don't have the money to get them the things that they need," she said.

From Barbie dolls to toy cars, this year Fomba will be able to deliver on her kids' wish list, thanks to donated toys from people in Johnson County.

"People that are kinds of last minute, I'm not going to be able to do it, what am I going to do and they're coming in to help provide that Christmas joy for their child," said Lia Pontarelli with the Johnson County Salvation Army.

This holiday season, the Salvation Army in Johnson County will distribute toys to more than 1,500 kids.

However, it's the Army's mission to be able to provide more than just toys this Christmas.

That's where the kettle donations come into play.

Loose change and donated dollars dropped into the red buckets stay within the community and give families in need help with food, clothing and transportation, and various youth programs.

It's the reason Laura Soride of Iowa City and her four-year-old daughter Sienna make it a point to donate.

"We always try to share at Christmas time and we know the importance of sharing," Soride said.

For Fomba and many others this Christmas, being able to give to others, is a gift in itself.

"To see them all happy and smile, It makes me smile," Fomba said.

The Johnson County Salvation Army has received more that $220,000 in donations.  It's goal for the red kettle season is $300,000.

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