‘12 Hours of Salvation’ toy drive hopes to collect 11,000 toys Dec. 5

Staff Report

More than 16 years ago, Norma Baker, director of community relations for The Salvation Army of Winnebago County, and Steve Summers of Rockford’s New Country Q98.5, recognized a need for our community: new toys for children in need at Christmas. With Lou Bachrodt Auto Group providing use of its showroom at 7070 CherryVale North Blvd., Rockford, every year, The Salvation Army continued in this tradition recognizing it as the “12 Hours of Salvation” toy drive. People from all over Winnebago County come to donate new toys for children of all ages. This year, the drive will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 5, at Lou Bachrodt Auto Group.

The “12 Hours of Salvation” toy drive ensures that children who are in need this holiday season will receive a new toy to open on Christmas morning. “We look forward to the community coming together once again with the children in mind,” said Major Steve Merritt. Last year, there were more than 8,000 new toys collected for children newborn to 12 years old. This year, The Salvation Army hopes to collect more as the age has been raised to 15 years.

Throughout the day, there will be several choir groups and entertainment sure to please the whole family, as well as Santa Claus to greet the children.

Posted Dec. 4, 2014

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