Q98.5, Lou Bachrodt Auto Mall, First Northern Credit Union, WREX TV 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.
This Friday, for the 20th year in a row, Lou Bachrodt Auto Mall 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, we will accept new, unwrapped toys from individuals and businesses. At the event, we will have local choral groups singing Christmas carols, The Salvation Army Rockford Temple Brass Band playing Christmas music, Santa Claus giving candy canes to all of the guests, and The Salvation Army accepting toys at the dealership all day.
The drive has been a booming success in the past. Since Lou Bachrodt have been involved with the toy drive, The Salvation Army had at least one toy for every child on its list. In past years, over 90 percent of all the toys collected for The Salvation Army have come from this 1-day drive!
The Salvation Army estimates thousands of families will benefit from this year’s toy drive. Toys will be distributed on Dec. 20-21 at The Salvation Army Rockford Tabernacle Community Center, 210 N. Kilburn Ave.
In 2015, the “12 Hours of Salvation Toy Drive” collected Over 8,751 Brand New Toys and over $6,454 dollars in The Salvation Red Kettle. Over 1,848 families were helped with toys and food. Please join us and 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 employees have donated almost $11,000 worth of toys to kick off this year’s drive.