The following is a guest post by Sheila Davis, Volunteer Coordinator for Divisional Headquarters here in St. Louis.
Beyond the gift buying and trying to think of something new and exciting for friends and family, adults can come to discover the deeper meaning of Christmas. But for a child the biggest wonder of Christmas is the anticipation of what might be under the tree on Christmas morning. And a parent’s greatest joy is watching their child tear into that gaily wrapped gift with abandon and exclaim, “It’s exactly what I wished for!”
But sadly, the struggle with larger issues like keeping a roof over the family’s head and the possible of not having enough food to get through the week make it impossible for some parents to provide even a simple toy at Christmas. Too many children in our community don’t experience the wonder of Christmas that many of us take for granted. Some wish, not for toys and games, but for a coat, warm clothes or even a bed that their parents simply can’t provide.
You can help provide the wonder of Christmas to thousands of children in our community this year by volunteering for one or two of our upcoming events. Join us this Saturday for the Walmart Fill the Truck toy drive. All stores are participating. Volunteers are needed to hand out flyers at the store’s entrances explaining the program with customers and help with the collection of the donated new toys and coats. We have volunteer 2-hour shifts for volunteers available starting at 9am until 5pm. This is great service opportunity for a small family or group or students needing to complete service hours.
The toys collected at this drive will be distributed at our Toy Town Christmas Assistance Program the week of December 17th at several Salvation Army locations. Volunteers are needed to help sort and bag toys and gifts and help distribute the gifts to our pre-screened clients. We are recruiting volunteers for the following locations:
Salvation Army Family Haven CIP – 10740 West Page Avenue, 63132
Salvation Army Gateway Corps (South County) – 824 Union Road, 63123
Salvation Army Euclid Corps (North), 2618 N. Euclid Ave 63113
Please take a few hours out of your busy schedule this holiday season and help a child experience the wonders of Christmas. To sign up for a shift for Walmart Fill the Truck or Toy Town visit www.stlsalvationarmy.org, click on “Ways to Give” and then select Volunteer. For more information contact Sheila Davis at email@example.com or 314-646-3166 or Larry Pliemann at firstname.lastname@example.org or 314-646-3188.Salvation Army Temple Corps (South City), 2740 Arsenal St., 63118.