By Rick Yencer
MUNCIE, INDIANA (PHOTO) - The Salvation Army was out with their truck Saturday at Walmart North in Muncie.
Volunteers were seen throughout the city collecting means to help some of Muncie's poorest citizens who are in need this holiday season.
From the looks of the box truck, there's lots more help needed as the Salvation Army has more need than before.
In the months of November and December Firefighters of Delaware County work with the Salvation Army to help families be able to enjoy Christmas. Local businesses give donations, fundraising events happen and Santa’s list is made. But the work for that goes into Toys for Tots happens all year long. Chief Ed Bell said the men of the fire department take a lot of their own time to fix and clean the toys.
“It’s a labor of love for the guys, they really do so much work,” Chief Bell told the Muncie Free Press.
The fire department collects gently used toys at any of the firehouses all year long. So when you’re cleaning out your kid’s toy boxes in May, you could be making a child’s Christmas in December.
The Salvation Army collects applications at the end of October and beginning of November. The non-profit organization then gives the fire department a list of families that fall into the specific guidelines. These guidelines and the dates the applications are being accepted are posted on the Salvation Army website. This year, there are already hundreds of families registered.
Be sure to also read - Muncie Toys for Tots is a Labor of Love , by Katelynn Thys for more information about Muncie's Toys for Tots program.