Local charities need help to reach holiday goals

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Local charities are scrambling to meet their goals for the holiday season.

Youngstown Cycle Supply has organized a toy drive for Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley for the past five years and organizers said they are a bit behind in their collection from past years. They still need approximately 800 toys to reach their goal.

“We got social media out there working for us and a lot of our customers are helping us out like they do every year. We are doing pretty good. Halfway, a little less than halfway to the goal,” Megan Stevens of Youngstown Cycle Supply said. “It is really cool to unload all the toys, bring everything to the donation center, and know that they are going into the hands of a kid who might need something to make them smile.”

Stevens’ son, Marek, was just a few months old when the toy collection started. On Monday, he was excited to be helping out.

“They are sick and they can’t go home for Christmas, but they can still have a Merry Christmas with all these toys,” Marek said.

Donations for the Youngstown Cycle Supply toy drive can be dropped off at the shop, 6915 Market St., by Dec. 22.

The Salvation Army in Mahoning County is even farther behind. Officials there said they are $15,000 shy shy of where they were on this date last year.

“We are hoping that these next few days would be very good days for us. And that the community will rally around us as they always do as we make this final push to Christmas Eve,” Elijah Khan, coordinator of the Mahoning Valley Salvation Army campaign, said. “We are just blessed to live in area that is very generous and I am confident that our friends in the Valley will support us and allow us to reach our goal.”

There are red kettles located in front of just about every major retailer in the area.

The Salvation Army aims to raise $345,000 with the Red Kettle Campaign. That money funds programs year round.

The Trumbull County Salvation Army is two-thirds of the way to its goal of $158,000. Workers there said they are confident the goal will be reached by Christmas Eve.

The Warren Family Mission also is looking for toys to reach its goal. They need all donations by Friday.

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