Salvation Army needs more toy donations this holiday

HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Local non-profits need your help this holiday to make sure they have enough presents to give to kids this Christmas.

It's the 21st annual Present Patrol this year, and Local4 has teamed up with other local organizations to help collect toys for kids.

The Salvation Army in Hastings is one of the locations where the toys will be donated. They'll put the toys in their toy shop for people to pick out for their kids.

"When we take them downstairs, just the look on their face when they see the toys," said Lt. Dale Brandenburg, Salvation Army. "And some of them get very emotional, and I am not a huggy, touch type individual, but on that day I get more hugs, I get my limit for the whole year on that one day."

Lt. Brandenburg said they typically give out presents to about 300 kids every Christmas. In order to keep that number up, they need people to make donations.

Once the toys from Present Patrol are brought to the Salvation Army, volunteers will spread them out through the rooms according to age group.

Parents will be able to directly pick out toys to give to their kids on Christmas.

"If you donate, know that the toys that you're donating stay here in Hastings, and that you're helping people here in Hastings. You know some are low income, but some people that come in and get assistance are really great people, they're just having a hard spot. You know bad things happen to everybody," Lt. Brandenburg said.

The Salvation Army will open up their toy shop on December 17.

Donations will be taken for Present Patrol until December 14. You can bring any new, unwrapped toy to donate.

For a full list of drop-off locations, visit https://www.ksnblocal4.com/community/presentpatrol/.