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Salvation Army toy shop distribution helps hundreds for Christmas

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WATERLOO (KWWL) - Imagine not being able to provide a hot meal for your family or Christmas presents for your kids.

That's a reality for many, and that's where the Salvation Army and donated dollars come in.

Tuesday was the annual toy shop distribution at the Salvation Army in Waterloo.

"My kids, they haven't had a Christmas. My seven-year-old hasn't had a real Christmas in a couple years," said Angelique Stovall.

Stovall has two kids. Tuesday she was picking up toys for her kids for Christmas morning at the Salvation Army.

Stovall says her budget is tight and the Salvation Army will help this year.

All the toys are donated for the toy shop distribution, and parents who need the assistance are able to pick out toys for their kids.

It's just one program this organization puts together.

Officials at the Salvation Army say the needs for simple things like a hot meal in the Cedar Valley are impossible to count.

"Our kettle campaign accounts for 40 percent of our annual budget, and so the need to fill that goal is huge so we can continue to provide resources to the Cedar Valley," said Grace Kole, Salvation Army.  

KWWL has partnered with the Salvation Army this holiday season for the Metal in the Kettle online campaign. Secure donations to the Salvation Army can be made at this online location:  or on the pages of Amanda Goodman, Teal Jennings and Jerry Gallagher.

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