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The NW Ohio Salvation Army sees a significant need for furlough assistance

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) – This church has an incredible heart. When there is a need, people step up and fill it. The Hope for the Holidays Toy Drive is no exception.

Hundreds of thousands of toys have been donated over the years to children who might otherwise go without presents at Christmas. This year, Salvation Army leaders say the need for help has increased significantly, and there is still plenty of time and different ways you can get involved in a toy drive.

Mel Williams is Finance Manager for The Salvation Army in Northwest Ohio. “We make a difference in people’s lives every day.”

The Salvation Army has been on the front lines of service to people in our community for more than a century.

“Our logo does the most good, but in reality, with your help, we have the opportunity to do the most good. Without the help, we’re just 12 people in a building,” Williams said.

Over the years, this community has done a lot of good for thousands of children and their families through the Hope For the Holiday Toy Drive.

“We couldn’t do it all without everyone. We are a small group trying to help a large group of people in need and without donations of money and toys we do nothing. So often they are desperate and at the end of their tether, running from emergency to emergency and just not getting anywhere. So the smallest act of kindness makes a big difference,” Williams said.

The need for help has increased significantly. Williams said the Salvation Army helped 2,500 families in Lucas County during the holiday last year. About 3,000 families registered this year, including 6,000 children. “We have people coming to us for help who used to donate,” Williams said.

Even in difficult times, small gestures of kindness sometimes have the greatest impact.

“The other day a little boy gave me a nickel. And God will bless that nickel ’cause it was all he had to give. Well, the nickel and some lint.”

If you are unable to donate a toy, you can also mail a check to The Salvation Army 620 North Erie Street, Toledo, Ohio 43604.

Designate it for Hope for the Holidays in the note line. This money stays here and is used to fill any gift gaps once the donations have been raised. The greatest need each year is for gifts for older children, boys and girls aged 9-12.

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