AIKEN, S.C. (WJBF) – The Salvation Army of Aiken is counting on a Christmas miracle to make the holidays special for hundreds of families.
For the last few years, the Aiken Mall has been the primary location to drop-off donations.
Unfortunately the shopping center won’t be the go-to place this year.
Now the organization is hoping to make Christmas possible through the kindness of strangers.
Every year, through toy collections the Salvation Army makes sure that more than 500 Aiken families have gifts under their trees.
Salvation Army Core Officer David Phelps says when the organization found out they wouldn’t be able to use the Aiken Mall, they started searching for another facility, but the clock is ticking and time is running out.
“So we are kind of in a bad spot right now looking for a space for this year,” Phelps told WJBF NewsChannel 6.
With the holidays right around the corner, the Salvation Army of Aiken took to their Facebook page making a public plea for help.
“We rely on the kindness of donors and kindness of strangers and so many other people to help us do what we do,” Phelps said. “So, right now we are just trying to get the message out that the Salvation Army needs your help. So that we can continue to meet the needs of others in our area.”
Phelps says last year they collected nearly 23,000 toys, so they need a big place to store them and plenty of room for volunteers.
Now the Core Officer is hoping the magic of the season will open someone’s heart, so they can make this another Merry Christmas for Aiken.
“Well the greatest thing about when we do the distributing of the toys,” he said. “You really realize the impact that the Salvation Army and donors have made.”
If you know anyone that can help the Salvation Army of Aiken find a facility please call them at 803-641-4141 or visit its Facebook page, here.
Count on WJBF NewsChannel 6 to bring you the latest on this developing story.