Getting Help for Christmas

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Many people are counting down the days to Christmas, but some are hoping to hold off until they have toys for their children and a holiday meal on their tables.

Sergeant Cliff Hecker has been running a Toys for Tots campaign for 12 years, but says he's never seen a holiday season like this one.

"We have almost doubled the need that we saw last year as far as applications received. Our donations are down about thirty percent compared to where they were last year," Hecker said.

Toys for Tots isn't the only program where the people in need outweigh the donations coming in.

"We had a total of 169 families this year," Captain Lori Brown with the Salvation Army in Marietta, said.

And with that many people hoping to receive, the Salvation Army is hoping more people are willing to give.

"We have a great need. The toys are starting to come in slowly, but we can always accept more," Brown said.

The Salvation Army office in Marietta is not accepting applications at this time; however the office in Wood County, W.Va. is.

All Salvation Army offices are accepting donations.

Toys for Tots bins are located at most area stores that sell toys.

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