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The Salvation Army of Aurora distributes toys & clothing to over 2,200 children

Dec 22, 2016 10:20AM ● By Neighbors Magazines

Captain Rich Forney and Lt. Linnea Forney

Red plastic bags lined The Salvation Army building in Aurora this week filled with toys and clothing for over 2,200 children registered with The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree and Adopt a Family programs. Community volunteers assisted in the distribution of the red bags as families in need came to pick up the items that were generously donated by individuals, churches, schools and businesses from the Aurora community. Lt. Linnea Forney, corps officer of The Salvation Army Aurora Corps, states, “My heart has been so blessed by the outpouring of generosity from donors to fill our angel tree tags representing a child in need in our community. Every tag was filled and every child received toys and more this Christmas season.” 

Throughout the month of December, volunteers, including school groups and businesses, came to 550 Redwood Ave., the future building site of The Salvation Army of Aurora, and braved the cold, unheated building to sort and bag the items for distribution. Over 828 families were served, including 25 senior citizens who received Christmas gifts as well. The totals for the distribution included 17,520 clothes, shoes and toys with an additional 3,000 school supplies and 1,500 donated Hallmark items.

As The Salvation Army comes into the final week of their Red Kettle Campaign, the Aurora Corps is lagging behind in their goal of $250,000 this year. With only four days left, volunteers are needed to ring the bell and donors are needed to give generously. Captain Rich Forney, corps officer for The Salvation Army Aurora Corps, states, “We are at $161,947, or 65%, of our goal. The money we raise at Christmas not only helps families in need during the holiday season, but is critical to our budget for year-round emergency services.”

Individuals, groups, service clubs, churches and businesses are encouraged to sign up online at or call Cindy at 630-897-7265 for more information. Bellringing ends on December 24th.

Donations can be made to the Red Kettle Campaign through the kettles or dropping off a donation to The Salvation Army, 437 E. Galena Blvd, Aurora IL. Online donations accepted at through Give Now.