‘12 Hours of Salvation Toy Drive’ to benefit thousands of stateline families

• Day-long toy drive set for Dec. 9 benefits Salvation Army

Staff Report

Lou Bachrodt Auto Mall, First Northern Credit Union and the Salvation Army partner again this year for the annual “12 Hours of Salvation Toy Drive” to collect toys for needy families in the stateline area.

Friday, Dec. 9, for the 15th year in a row, Lou Bachrodt Auto Mall, 7070 CherryVale North Blvd., will host a day-long toy drive benefiting the Salvation Army. The event begins at 7 a.m. and ends at 7 p.m. During the 12-hour drive, the Auto Mall will accept new and unwrapped toys from individuals and businesses. At the event, local choral groups will sing Christmas carols, Santa Claus will give out candy canes to all the guests, and the Salvation Army will accept toys at the dealership all day.

The drive has been a booming success in the past. Since Lou Bachrodt has been involved with the toy drive, the Salvation Army had at least one toy for every child on its list. In past years, more than 99 percent of all the toys collected for the Salvation Army have come from this one-day drive!

The Salvation Army estimates thousands of families will benefit from this year’s toy drive. Toys will be distributed Dec. 22 and 23 through the Salvation Army Christmas Headquarters at 1515 E. Riverside Blvd. (former Sears Essentials Building) to pre-registered families.

In 2010, the “12 Hours of Salvation Toy Drive” collected thousands of toys and more than $7,000 in cash for the Salvation Army. Join Lou Bachrodt and the Salvation Army to help make Christmas a little brighter for stateline boys and girls. All toys stay locally.

Since January 2000, Lou Bachrodt Auto Mall employees have donated part of their payroll checks every week with a company match, and during the month of November, a group of employee volunteers purchase toys with the funds collected. This year, Lou Bachrodt Auto Mall, Lou Bachrodt Buick GMC, and its employees have donated almost $10,000 worth of toys to kick off this year’s drive.

From the Dec. 7-13, 2011, issue

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