Christmas is right around the corner, and Santa's elves and workshops are very busy. Especially one branch in Beaufort. WTOC went to a Salvation Army grand opening where they're working on Christmas cheer for kids.
"It's exciting when the parents are looking through the toys and they get excited," said Capt. Stephanie Sills of the Salvation Army Toy Shop.
Delores Coker is one of many parents shopping the Toy Shop this year, trying to find that perfect gift that will make her eight-year-old son's eyes light up on Christmas morning.
"I'm on a fixed income, so it's hard for me to be able to buy gifts like that." she said. "So it helps me a lot."
The Salvation Army is helping more than 800 Low Country families with food, clothing, and toys this holiday season. That's 150 more families than last Christmas. Although the need is growing and donations are down, the Salvation Army allows parents to shop the store for two presents for each of their children. They're presents that probably wouldn't be under the tree if it weren't for giving hearts.
The Salvation Army depends on your donations from Toys for Tots, Holiday Heroes, and Angel Trees throughout our community to build this toy shop.
"We've got radios, bicycles, we get all that kind of stuff because this community really cares and wants to make sure they have good stuff," said Sills.
If you would like to help out, just drop off a toy at any Toys for Tots or Holiday Hero boxes throughout the Low Country.
Call 843.524.3727 for drop-off locations.