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WCNC Charlotte launches Magical Toy Drive

Applications for Christmas assistance this year are up nearly 40% from those with children age 0 to 12 years old.
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Thousands of families across the Charlotte area are turning to the Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte because they can’t afford to buy holiday gifts for their children.  This year, the need is even greater, with applications up nearly 40% for children age 0 to 12 years old.

To meet the need, WCNC Charlotte has teamed up with Belk, Original Mattress Factory and Ally Financial to help make the holidays magical for everyone with the Magical Toy Drive November 16 – December 6.  This year due to COVID-19, collection will be a little bit different.  

Here are 3 ways to give:

  1. Donate a new unwrapped toy in person at any Charlotte area Belk (store locations)
  2. Shop online to ship toys directly to the Salvation Army
  3. Donate money online

To help make the Magical Toy Drive even more successful, WCNC Charlotte and the TEGNA Foundation are excited to announce a matching gift up to the first $10,000 donated online.  “We know a lot of people are hurting this year,” said WCNC Charlotte President and General Manager Joan Barrett.  “We’re heading into a time of year when the Salvation Army relies heavily on the public’s generosity.  We understand not everyone is in a position to give, but our community needs more support than ever.  Every helping hand makes a huge difference.”

The Salvation Army is hosting a contactless in person donation drive Saturday, November 28 in the Belk parking lot of Carolina Place Mall, 11009 Carolina Place Parkway, Pineville, NC 28134 from 8:30AM to 6:30PM.  WCNC Charlotte will provide live coverage throughout the day as donations are collected.  Masks are required at this event and all social distancing guidelines must be followed.

New this year, WCNC Charlotte is issuing a challenge in the community to see who can collect the most toys.  WCNC Charlotte will feature the top toy collectors live on WCNC Charlotte on Saturday, November 28 throughout the morning during the contactless collection drive hosted by the Salvation Army.

 To participate, sign up online at http://www.wcnc.com/toys  Collect as many toys as possible through November 23.  Participants will receive a separate email to submit the total number of toys collected on Monday, November 23. The top collectors will be invited to be featured live on WCNC Charlotte on Saturday, November 28.