13,000 Charlotte kids in need this holiday season

13,000 Charlotte kids in need this holiday season

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by MEGHAN DANAHEY / NBC Charlotte

WCNC.com

Posted on November 19, 2012 at 7:07 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 19 at 7:21 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Once again, NBC Charlotte is teaming up with the Salvation Army for the Magical Toy Drive.

Toy barrels are all over town, and thousands of local children need your help. 
Most of us have started our holiday shopping, and gift lists are growing long, but too many families--right here in the Charlotte area, are still struggling to put food on the table; here is no money for presents.
 
Major Kay Lancaster of the Salvation Army says we are never too young to know the meaning of sharing.
 
“This year we have over 13,000 children that have asked for help for Christmas,” Major Lancaster says, “Through your help and filling these barrels, we can give joy to those 13,000 children."
 
The NBC Charlotte Morning Team joined Smithfield Elementary for a Magical Toy Drive kick-off assembly last week. Area elementary and middle schools will have separate competitions to see who can bring in the most toys.
 
For 12 years, NBC Charlotte has partnered with the Salvation Army on the Magical Toy Drive; this year a new partner has joined the effort.
 
Rick Lewis, General Manager of Planet Fitness says, “We here at Planet Fitness are honored to be a part of the Magical Toy Drive with NBC Charlotte, The Salvation Army. We feel it's an awesome opportunity to help out the less fortunate children within our community."
 
While the schools are duking it out, you can get involved, too. Planet Fitness has those familiar barrels at all of their locations in and around Charlotte.
 
“And the great thing is that we are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so you can drop off a toy at anytime," Lewis exclaimed. 
 
Those toy barrels are all over town, and convenient to your neighborhood, so pick up a new, unwrapped toy and get into the true spirit of the holidays-- giving.
 
Major Lancaster says "It brings joy to your heart, and we want everybody to have a happy Christmas, right?”
 
This year there's an increased need for toddlers and children 12 to 14-years-old
 
If you can help, we're collecting new, unwrapped toys today through December 16.
 
You can find a list of drop-off points on our website, just click here.
 
 

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