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Salvation Army sees increase in Christmas assistance requests

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL)-- Nearly 1,900 families are requesting assistance through The Salvation Army for Christmas this year.  This count is up significantly from the 1,050 households that registered for help in 2007.  

The special holiday program provides toys and food for a holiday meal to area families in need. Program organizers attribute the increase to the struggles that remain for so many families after the June floods and current economic conditions.    

The increase in need means more toys must be collected. People are being urged to bring in a new unwrapped toy for children from birth to 17. Toy collection ends Dec. 12, but there are still many opportunities to give:

"Stuff the Bus" Promotion with Clear Channel (WMT AM/FM) & Cedar Rapids Jaycees

Wednesday, December 3rd:  Drop off toys from 6 - 9 am at Huntington's Restaurant, 1107 7th Avenue, Marion

Thursday, December 4th:  Drop off toys from 6 - 9 am at Tommy's Restaurant, 393 Edgewood Rd NW, Cedar Rapids

Friday, December 5th:  Drop off toys from 6 - 9 am at Starbuck's, 4804 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids

Downtown Cedar Rapids "Fire & Ice Festival 2008"

Saturday, December 6th:  Drop toys off at Guaranty Bank & Trust (302 3rd Avenue SE) or the Armstrong Centre Food Court (222 3rd Avenue SE) during scheduled festival activities.

Chamber of Commerce PM Exchange Hosted by The Salvation Army

Thursday, December 11th:  Drop off toys to The Salvation Army from 5 - 7 p.m., 1000 C Avenue NW, Cedar Rapids

For more information on how you can help, contact Mindy Kayser, Director of Development and Communications for The Salvation Army, at 319-364-9131.

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