ST. CHARLES – Maj. Jon Miller of The Salvation Army Tri-City Corps said it is difficult to say how many toys the organization distributes to local families during the Christmas season – but it’s a lot.
“Thousands and thousands,” he said.
This year, more than 100 of those toys were donated by the St. Charles East High School student council, which counted on the generosity of the student body and faculty to provide toys for local children.
“It feels really good knowing we can give back,” 15-year-old sophomore Brynn Beveridge said.
The student council annually participates in The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Drive, and this year it decided to sponsor 30 more children than last year, Brynn said.
“We felt we could support more children,” she said. “It’s pretty easy because everyone is so generous.”
Students delivered the gifts, which included two bicycles, on Monday, Brynn said.
About 500 families have signed up for holiday help, more than last year, Miller said. Every year, he said, families not included in the original count usually ask for help as Christmas nears.
“They swallow their pride and ask for help, or something has happened and they thought they would have the resources,” he said.
Miller said The Salvation Army appreciates the help from St. Charles East students, who also volunteered for bell ringing and helped on distribution day.
“They help us every year, and everything they do is a very great help to our program,” he said.