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Published December 22, 2010, 08:38 PM

Salvation Army Making the Holiday a Bit Brighter for Some

Hundreds of area children will get toys for Christmas this year thanks to the Grand Forks Salvation Army and its donors. On Wednesday the Salvation Army handed out toys, clothes and food to those in need. Despite some generous gifts, the Army is still in need of donations if they are to meet with fundraising goal.

Hundreds of area children will get toys for Christmas this year thanks to the Grand Forks Salvation Army and its donors.

On Wednesday the Salvation Army handed out toys, clothes and food to those in need.

Drew Brooks picked out some toys for his grandchildren.

Brooks is one of hundreds of people getting toys and food from the Grand Forks Salvation Army this Christmas.

"It doesn't matter what income level they are. People are having a hard time this year," Beth Woodard, a volunteer at the giveaway, said.

During this week's giveaway, the Salvation Army is handing out food to 400 families and toys to almost 700 children. That's a slight increase from last year.

"In these years, it's increasing more and more, even a five percent increase is a significant increase," Salvation Army Major Harold Baugh said.

Brooks says it's nice to know there's people looking out for each other this Christmas.

"That's awesome that they help out, and there's a lot of people who can use help," Drew Brooks said as he picked out a few items for grandchildren.

Most of the toys were donated and the Salvation Army bought the food. The Grand Forks Salvation Army helps out people throughout the whole county and East Grand Forks.

The Salvation Army says that it is about $75,000 short of their kettle campaign goal. Even with generous donations like a gold coin from an anonymous donor worth nearly $1,500, they still are in need of more donations. Major Baugh says their goal this year is to raise $240,000 in the northern valley.

You can mail in a donation until January 15th or stop and donate at the kettles, which will be out until December 24th.

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