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Salvation Army running low on toys this Christmas

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It is a tough year for The Salvation Army in Independence, which says it has toys for less than 20-percent of the children it serves. It is a tough year for The Salvation Army in Independence, which says it has toys for less than 20-percent of the children it serves.
INDEPENDENCE, MO (KCTV) -

The Salvation Army is known for helping those in need, but now they need assistance.

Donation barrels at their location on Truman Road in Independence are half-empty, or worse.  They need toys to fill the barrels, so they can stock the shelves of their toy shop.

"There are children out there that I don't want them to get up on Christmas morning and there be nothing underneath that tree. That's the excitement. That's what it is to be a kid," said Maj. Butch Frost, a Salvation Army pastor.

Frost says more than 1,600 local children need toys. Right now, they only have enough for about 200.

"The kids shouldn't have worries and problems. They should be able to get up on Christmas morning and be excited about what's there," Frost said.

Families will come to shop there on Dec. 20. Otherwise, the children won't have any toys for the holidays.

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