"Every donation counts and helps us to fight the war on hunger, homelessness and hopelessness", Smith said. "When we started, we were able to put the toys in little barrels".

The Salvation Army could have been mistaken for Santa's Workshop as staff worked through the weekend to sort through thousands of donated gifts. They are asked to work two-hour shifts.

Christmas will be a lot brighter for many needy families, thanks to a toy drive at the Blue Springs Toyota plant, and a surprise donation from the automaker.


The woman said since she got her ring back, she has not taken it off.

In the months leading up to the large-scale Christmas assistance, the Salvation Army helped dozens of people in financial crisis to pay for their rent and mortgage, utilities, medical needs, furniture, clothing and many other necessities, according to the statement.


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