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Kids help pack toys for holidays at Salvation Army toy drive

KOMO-TV Seattle 12/9/2022 Denise Whitaker, KOMO News Reporter
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In this season of giving, one of the best ways to give is to volunteer. The Salvation Army needs about 500 volunteers this month to carry out its toy and joy program, providing toys to thousands of local kids in need. 

Many of those volunteers will head to a warehouse in Renton, which opened Dec. 6. 

On day two, there were already hundreds of donated toys being sorted. Over the next 10 days, the warehouse where the magic happens will be bustling with volunteers, sorting and bagging toys to fulfill the wishes of kids throughout the area.

RELATED | Donate to the KOMO Toy Drive 2022

Polly, a Junior at Liberty High School in Issaquah, told KOMO News she wants a  my Little Pony toy this holiday season, but Polly's not in the warehouse to get toys, she's here to help sort.

“Should we move onto Polly Pocket treats and tricks bicycle carts?,” asked Polly's teacher Bri Macri.

“Hey, that’s my name Miss Bri,” said Polly, giggling.

Polly and two of her classmates, Joyce and Johana, all came to volunteer for the Salvation Army. They are in the Learning Resource 2 class at Liberty, each accompanied by a unique needs specialist.

“So, in our class we learn a lot about life skills and we learn a lot about what we can do to make meaningful contributions to society after high school,” said Macri.

Volunteering at the toy drive gave these students experience working with others while giving back to their community and those in need.

“We go out on community outings with students every week,” said Deanna Gaudet, another of the teachers on this outing. “We’re working on independence with breaking these boxes down."

Macri said these students not only love to help others, but they also learn how to accept or ask for help when needed.

“The great part about doing this is really it’s something that anybody can do and so it really is wonderful to see the students be able to come alongside others and participate,” said Major Jonathan Harvey with the Salvation Army.

“I like to help people. That was my dream ever since I was a little kid,” said Johana.

If you want to help out kids for the holidays, you can donate to the 2022 KOMO Toy Drive.

Kids help pack toys for holidays at Salvation Army toy drive
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