Salvation Army Coat and Toy Drive underway in Athol

  • The Salvation Army Athol Corps. Recorder Staff/Domenic Poli

  • The Salvation Army Athol Corps. Recorder Staff/Domenic Poli

Recorder Staff
Sunday, December 17, 2017

ATHOL — So far, the Salvation Army Athol Corps has collected 250 coats but 200 more coats are needed.

Those coats, along with toys, are part of Athol Salvation Army’s annual Coat and Toy Drive, an effort aimed at providing winter clothing and gifts for hundreds of families in the region struggling to afford them. The program aims to connect 275 families, including 450 children, with donations of coats — the highest priority — and toys this year.

The corps announced a week ago that the need for coats and toys continues to grow and the organization is appealing to the public to help support individuals and families in the area.

“Our hope is that the Athol community will respond as they have in years past — with generosity, compassion, and enthusiasm,” Salvation Army Lt. Michael Buzzard said. “We have already seen incredible kindness from the Athol business community — Athol Credit Union is generously sponsoring our Christmas Castle program — and we are asking for more members of the community to join with private citizens to rescue the Christmases of hundreds of area children in need.”

Anyone interested in giving to the Coat and Toy Drive can contact Buzzard at Michael.Buzzard@USE.SalvationArmy.Org.

For more information about the Salvation Army of Massachusetts or to donate online, visit: www.salvationarmyma.org