Santa Fund Toy Shop helps 1,185 families
Kaisy Korcoulis, of the Salvation Army, hands a toy to Angelica Barrientos, of Manchester, for one of her two young boys, at the Union Leader Salvation Army Santa Fund Toy Shop Monday afternoon at the Radisson.JOSH GIBNEY/UNION LEADER
Volunteer Sally Addison, of Manchester, helps a shopper pick out a stuffed animal at the Union Leader Salvation Army Santa Fund Toy Shop Monday afternoon at the Radisson.JOSH GIBNEY/UNION LEADER
Your donations to the Union Leader Santa Fund for the Salvation Army provide most of the toys, although some of the "special" toys are collected at the New Hampshire Motorcycle Rights Organization Toy Run each September.
"We had four hospitalizations last year," she said, at the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth.
Money is so tight, she said: "I went to the Dollar Store and Goodwill."
The volunteers are key to the smooth operation of the Toy Shop, said Bob Champagne, the Community Center Director at the Salvation Army Manchester Corps.
Volunteers are what makes the toy shop operation, setup, shopping day and cleanup, go smoothly.
Gosselin recalled a college student saying he heard about it from another. "Word of mouth. It's a wonderful thing," she said.
Three children can be a handful and adding two more ups the cost and activity level. She said her nephews needed to develop social and behavior skills, so, she said: "They go to Head Start."
How to donate
Santa Fund donations can be made by completing the online form by clicking "Donate" below or send a check to:
THE SANTA FUND
You can also drop off the printed form in our newspaper and a donation in the Santa Fund box at the Union Leader, 100 William Loeb Drive in Manchester from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. We will also have a donation drop box at the Intown Manchester Holiday Market on Thursday, November 29 and every Thursday in December.
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With your donation, the Union Leader will publish a short holiday message in the newspaper. Just write it up exactly as you would have it appear, printing clearly, and mail it along with your donation. If you prefer to donate online, follow the link on the page following the transaction to submit a Christmas message.
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