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For years, the Salvation Army has been serving communities all over by making Christmas a little brighter for families who are stuck in hard times.

But this year, they’re having a little trouble completing that mission, and with Christmas only days away; time doesn’t seem to be working in their favor.

For years, the Salvation Army has set up the Angel Tree at the Empire Mall in Sioux Falls for anyone to drop by and donate gifts for families who are less fortunate.

“The parents are able to come into the toy town and shop around, then pick out the toy that’s special for their child,” says Major Thomas Riggs of the Sioux Falls Salvation Army.  

Just by walking through the warehouse, you'd think this year's supply of toys was just like any other year, but unfortunately; that's not the case...

“People are easily bringing in things for smaller children, but we’re just in need for gifts for the older child, something they would like,” says Riggs.

This isn't necessarily a new problem, though. The Salvation Army has always found it easier to provide for the younger age groups than the older ones.

“It’s always difficult to try and find that toy for that older child because interests change. The smaller young child is able to find a nice stuffed animal or something, but when you get into the older child, it just gets a little more difficult,” says Riggs.

This year, however, they've seen a much larger drop in donations, and with Christmas only days away; time is running out.

“Our hope is to provide toys for 2,000 children, and so that’s 2,000 plus toys, but we don’t have anywhere near that,” says Riggs.

So next time you're out and about shopping for your kid, stop and think about those families who aren't able to provide their kids with the toys they want for Christmas; and consider lending a helping hand.

“Just knowing that we had that opportunity and that people who shop and provide for the Angel Tree have had that opportunity providing that gift; they may not know it when they buy it, but it’s that special gift that some little boy or little girl wanted,” says Riggs.

If you’re interested in making a donation to the Salvation Army Angel Tree, you can drop by the booth set up just outside Macy’s in the Empire Mall.

Of course, for your convenience, the Salvation Army has also set up several other drop off locations throughout the Sioux Empire if the Empire Mall location seems to be out of your way.

Some of these “satellite” drop off sites located in the area include: All Edward Jones locations, Washington Pavilion, Sioux Falls Federal Credit Union locations, Dairy Queen on Minnesota Avenue, First National Bank, or Celebration United Methodist Church located in Brandon.

All of these participating “satellite” sites will be open through December 17 during their scheduled hours of operation.

If you would like more information, you may contact Major Thomas Riggs, Corps Officer of The Salvation Army in Sioux Falls at (605) 338-6649.
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