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Magical Toy Drive helps kids have a merry Christmas

WCNC Charlotte teamed up once again with The Salvation Army to help those less fortunate who need help putting gifts under the tree this year.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Many families in our community are still recovering from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic this holiday season, and thousands are turning to The Salvation Army for support. Across the viewing area, The Salvation Army expects to provide gifts for more than 21,000 children.

To meet the need, WCNC Charlotte teamed up with Belk, Original Mattress Factory and Tropical Smoothie Cafe to help make the holidays magical for everyone with the Magical Toy Drive.

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People were able to bring new, unwrapped toys to donation locations across the Charlotte area, including a drive-thru event WCNC Charlotte hosted on Dec. 11 outside of the Belk at Carolina Place with team volunteers, store associates, and The Salvation Army. Nearly 2,000 toys that day alone were handed in for donation.

Additionally, WCNC Charlotte and our parent company TEGNA will match up to the first $10,000 donated through The TEGNA Foundation, providing 

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“It’s been a tough time for so many over the last two years. We are so glad that we have the ability to help, by not only raising awareness and funds for so many young people this holiday season but that we can contribute directly with funds to purchase 500 toys.  We ask those in our community to also consider making a difference this holiday season with a donation of any amount,” WCNC Charlotte President and General Manager Joan Barrett said.

If you or someone you know is in need of assistance this holiday, reach out to The Salvation Army.

From all of us at WCNC Charlotte, thank you for helping make this holiday season a magical one for children in need!

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