The Salvation Army of Reading distributed toys to adult family members in need Friday afternoon in Muhlenberg Township, so they can surprise their children or grandchildren this holiday season.
Thanks to the generosity of the Berks County community, The Salvation Army was able to provide presents for 3,000 children whose guardians cannot afford them.
In addition to the distribution, The Reading Fire Department hosted its Annual Toy Drive Friday morning at Trooper Thorn’s Irish Beef House, benefiting The Salvation Army of Reading’s Angel Tree Program. The department was able to donate hundreds of toys thanks to the support of the community and various sponsors.
“The Salvation Army of Reading is so grateful for our community members who made this possible. Without them, we could not help this many children. This community is SO generous,” said Maj. Joy Mudge, Corps Officers, The Salvation Army of Reading.
This year, The Salvation Army’s holiday message is to “Love Beyond Christmas” to help and care for neighbors in need not only during the holidays, but also year-round.
This past year, The Salvation Army Eastern Pennsylvania & Delaware Division served more than 5 million individuals in need through its food pantry and distribution programs, shelter and housing programs, youth programming and more.