Helping children have happier holidays in Willmar
The Salvation Army and Toys for Tots held a drive-thru toy distribution for those receiving toys for their little ones outside the Uptown Willmar mall.
WILLMAR — The annual Toys for Tots drive held in collaboration with the Willmar Salvation Army became a literal drive for those receiving gifts for children this year. Due to coronavirus restrictions, the toy distribution will be held drive-thru style throughout the week outside the Uptown Willmar mall.
This year, around $100,000 worth of toys were donated and about 250 families will receive the donations, according to Auxiliary Captain Ron Felt of the Willmar Salvation Army.
Families and guardians were able to request toys for their children several weeks prior to the distribution and were asked to head to the mall this week to receive the donations.
Typically, families would be able to pick out gifts for their own children, but due to COVID-19, the organizers had to limit contact. All toy donations were individually bagged and packaged as a coronavirus safety precaution.