Organizations Seek Help for Holiday Season
COLUMBIA - November marks a time for giving and two organizations in Columbia can’t give without some help from the community. The Salvation Army and the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department have both begun to recruit help for this holiday season.
The Salvation Army began taking applications Tuesday for holiday voluntary positions. Families, adults and seniors can all apply to volunteer. They are accepting applications at the West Ash location now through November 30.
The Columbia Parks and Recreation Department is preparing for the holidays with its annual toy drive for Columbia youth. Camren Cross said in previous years the Parks Department received more than 300 hundred registered children from low income families, but he believes there could be as many as 400 this year due to the down economy.
"Usually we don't get sign-ups until Black Friday," said Cross. "We're already getting registrations."
Cross says they like to have three gifts per child, but this doesn’t always happen. If you would like to donate to the toy drive, you can bring new or gently used toys for children 14 and under to the Parks and Recreation Administration or to the Armory SportsCenter. Monetary donations are also accepted.
"When you're out shopping just pick up one or two more things, they don't need to be expensive," said Cross,"Someone is going to enjoy it, and someone needs."
Both organizations seek to provide low income families with the things they need for the holiday season.