Salvation Army surpasses goal for Stuff the Bus
Reporter: Jessica chapin
TUCSON (KGUN9- TV) - Thousands of children in need will have a merry Christmas thanks to generous members of the community who donated during the Salvation Army's annual Stuff the Bus event Friday. With the help of Sun Tran, Walgreens, and 9 On Your Side, volunteers collected unwrapped toys for 12 hours, stuffing bus-loads of donations for needy families.
People like Constance Abbett took time out to help. She stuffed her car full of toys to donate with her grand-daughter.
"In my past I've had hard times and we actually had a Christmas where I was only able to give my daughter when she was small, one present," she said, "It doesn't matter how big or how little you give, it is just such a blast and it just makes your heart swell to be able to give something back to the community and to some child."
Abbett says she does it every year to educate her grandchildren about how important it is to give back. So does Rosie Orta, who came with her three grandchildren to donate toys.
"There's a lot of kids out there and they have a lot so they can give," she said. Her 9-year-old grand-daughter Csavanni says she agrees.
"It feels that we're doing something very nice," she said after dropping off the toys.
Walgreens Customers also came forward, collecting about $50 thousand worth of toys. Walgreens delivered the load in a semi truck, estimating it was about 15 thousand toys.
The Salvation Army will serve about 10 thousand children this year, which is more than in years past. They are reaching for a goal of 30 thousand toys collected through events like Stuff the Bus, and other programs like Angel Tree, where donations are still rolling in.
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