HOLIDAY HELP: Salvation Army Christmas Assistance

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Metro families receiving holiday help from the Salvation Army lined up to get their gifts before the snow storm set it Wednesday.

Distribution of toys and Hy-vee gift cards began at 1p.m. Nearly 900 families will benefit from the distribution.

Each family received two toys, a game, a stuffed animal and a stocking stuffer for each child.

Children ages 15 to 17 get a gift card to Wal-mart and every family also receives a Hy-vee gift card in order to purchase all the fixings for a holiday meal.

The distribution is supposed to continue Thursday and Friday, but the Salvation Army has devised a plan if the weather is bad.

In Ames and Boone, the Toy Shops will not open until noon on Thursday instead of the originally planned 9 a.m.  Captain Robin Rutledge has said anyone with a Thursday morning appointment in Ames or Boone can come in Thursday afternoon or Friday to pick up their Christmas assistance.
In Des Moines, Major Mary Corliss has not yet made an official decision on Toy Shop hours.

On a standing basis the Salvation Army facilities in Des Moines close whenever Des Moines Public Schools are closed.
Major Corliss said that anyone with an appointment to pick up their Christmas assistance on Thursday may come in Friday instead.

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