The 3rd annual Salvation Army Toy Drive at High River's Canadian Tire, in partnership with Okotoks Ford and 99.7 Sun Country, AM 1140, and High River Online was filled with the Spirit of the Foothills. After all the new toys were tallied up it totalled $5,400.00 and with High River's Canadian Tire's matching donation from owners Lori and Ken Turnbull, it pushed it to a grand total of $10,800 worth of donations.

Salvation Army Ministry Intern John Arndt says the need is even greater than they imagined.

"The Toy Drive was a really great success, best one we've ever done, but there is a great need. We've noticed an increase of about two to three hundred extra kids this year.  And so, we definitely need more toys. Some of our top needs are youth clothing, dolls, baby dolls, hats, hoodies, volleyballs... there's a great need for the little kids plus also the youths."

Volunteers are now at the Salvation Army church basement where they are actively organizing, wrapping and packing toys for Christmas hampers.

And if you can help out you can just stop by the Salvation Army Church and drop off your donations in the basement. Just enter through the back, east side door during the day.  More volunteers are also welcome.