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Salvation Army Toy Drives 

Four Ways to Give

After more than a century, The Salvation Army toy drive continues to show us that giving is its own gift.

One of Richmond's oldest holiday traditions, the Salvation Army Christmas toy drive turns 114 this season. But unlike most centenarians, it gets stronger every year.

This year, the toy drive should benefit more than 25,000 children in the Richmond area, says Lt. Col. Danny Morrow, a 35-year Salvation Army veteran who celebrates his second Richmond Christmas this season. He says the Salvation Army follows a custom almost 2,000 years old.

"[We] take the pattern from the Wise Men who brought gifts to the Christ child," Morrow says. "We feel it's natural to celebrate Christmas by giving gifts to those in need."

The Salvation Army offers four programs for citizens to give toys — the Angel Tree, Santa's Sock Shop, Toys for Tots and Richmond Christmas Mothers — as well as other programs such as Coats for Kids and various food drives. Of course people can always help by giving to the stoic bell-ringing volunteers who brave the elements every year.

Morrow says the Salvation Army's programs benefit the entire community by bringing people together in the distribution of goodwill. He reminds any potential Scrooges that givers receive a great return on their charity. "To see the joy on the face of the donor is a good feeling," Morrow
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