Thomasville Salvation Army in danger of missing deadline
THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) -
We often hear it's better to give than to receive, but the Thomasville Salvation Army hasn't received many donations for their annual Toys for Tots drive. The gifts will be distributed this Saturday, but they don't have nearly enough to meet the deadline.
Toys for Tots organizers should be putting the finishing touches on their toy drive, but this year they're trying to figure out how they're going to provide gifts for all the families who signed up for help.
"75% of those that signed up won't have a gift on Christmas day if something doesn't change and quickly," said Thomasville Salvation Army Captain Christina Taylor.
New year, new obstacles says Taylor. A large number of the people who picked up angels to purchase gifts didn't follow through and many didn't return the angels so that others could adopt them.
"Some of our regular donors have backed out, some of them have not bought gifts for all of the angels, and some of them have returned angels without gifts," said Taylor.
It's a scenario all too familiar for Albany Salvation Army Major Kelly English because at this time last year he was rocking in the same boat.
"Things were a bit close and by this time last year, there was a lot of head scratching, us thinking what's going to happen and how is this going to work," said Major English.
Remembering when he stood in need, Major English isn't hesitating to lend a hand.
"That's the stuff that makes this worth while, were all in the same boat here, today I may have an abundance, tomorrow I may not have as much but if I'm sharing today, then tomorrow someone is going to share with me," said English
Donations will go out on Saturday but in the mean time, volunteers are stuffing stockings, and making gifts stretch, while finding hope in the unity of their mission.
Without a surge in donations about 360 children could be without Christmas gifts.
Any interested in donating can take donations to the Salvation Army in downtown Thomasville.