There is something extra special about helping make Christmas happen for someone you don’t even know. This year, Stahl Peterbilt, a heavy duty truck dealership in Edmonton, celebrates 10 years of doing just that with their annual toy drive, collecting 895 toys this year alone for The Salvation Army’s Christmas program.
They’ve collected 8,000 toys since that first year, and they go all out with the toy display throughout their campaign. There’s a floor model truck in the middle of the showroom – red, of course – called Santa’s Glider that’s “pulled” by reindeer, with hundreds of toys surrounding it, donated by employees, customers, and friends.
“Stahl Peterbilt is doing everything they can to make Christmas happen for children in need in this city,” says Major Don Bladen, Executive Director for The Salvation Army’s Community Resource Centre in Edmonton. “All of these toys will make such a difference – imagine the smiles on Christmas morning!”
Volunteers at The Salvation Army’s warehouse will sort all the toys by age, and leave them unwrapped so parents can find the right toys for their kids. Parents will also be able to pick up gift wrap and decorations to make Christmas morning that much more special.
To make a toy donation to the Christmas program in Edmonton, please visit our website for drop-off locations: www.SalvationArmy.ca/alberta/christmas.