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Salvation Army toy program looks to fill holiday season need

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

Monica Geanes of Iowa City won't be logging on to snag a Cyber Monday deal or among those waiting in long lines at a department store.

Instead Geanes waited Monday  to register her family for a toy program with the Johnson County Salvation Army.

A single mother to three boys and working a factory job, she sometimes works seven-day weeks just to make ends meet, never mind being able to meet her kids wish list this Christmas.

"They want the phones, and the games, and the TVs and iPods and things like that. It was easier when they were little," Geanes said.

Every holiday season, the Johnson County Salvation Army sees a continued need to help with gifts.

"Unfortunately there are always going to be people that are hurting. We can have a great economy and almost everybody has jobs, but again you're going to have those people that have those very low-end paying jobs," said Lia Pontarelli with the Johnson County Salvation Army.

Still one month to go until Christmas and already 200 families have registered for the toy program.  That number is expected to rise significantly as Christmas approaches.

"You're helping eliminate questions in their life of 'am I going to be able to buy Christmas morning toys for my kids or pay bills?" Pontarelli said.

It's a question Geanes won't have to give as much thought to this Christmas.  She says the program will help her afford to make the holiday a little more special.

"They were real excited about at least having a tree.  It's the little things that count that makes every day a little better," she said.

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