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Dec 2016 Helping families celebrate with a little Holiday “toy”magic
By: LizCooper
Dec 20, 2016

The Salvation holds so many wonderful events around the LA, so I am always very excited when Gamers for Good gets invited to participate in these very special experiences they provide.

This year we gathered up a good size group of gamers and volunteered to help one needy neighborhood prepare for the holiday with toy and clothing distribution. The Toy for Tot drives held by the Marines in the areahelped fill our shelves, so each family that came through had an awesome selection.

I loved how seeing how each family had the opportunity to treat this experience the way it fits best into their holiday traditions. Some families sent only a few members, to shop for the rest. This method enabled them to save until Christmas and wrap and put under tree unseen. Then there were families that the experience of letting each child select the item that they most wanted was more valued.

Seeing the line of people waiting outside in the cold when we drove up, we worked fast. The line had formed hours before we opened and kept a steady flow for hours until we had to take the mandatory break.

Each and every smile we experienced on their faces that day reminded us of why we share our time in service.