Every child should receive a gift for the holidays. That's why KMTV is teaming up with The Salvation Army and Jensen Tire & Auto for this year's Angel Tree Toy Drive.
From Friday, November 15, through Wednesday, December 13, they'll be collecting toys for area children. You can drop them off at the KMTV 3 studios near 108th St. and Mockingbird Drive, or at one of 21 Jensen Tire & Auto locations around Omaha, Council Bluffs, Bellevue, Fremont, and Lincoln.
"We're grateful to Jensen Tire & Auto for their continued support of this holiday tradition," said KMTV president and general manager, Larry Forsgren. "Every year, the toy drive gets bigger and better. Having Jensen as a sponsor has helped us continue this growth."
Collecting the thousands of toys from all the locations is a big job. Payless Office Products has signed on once again to make sure theymake it to Toyland on time. Toys that are donated in a city, stay in that city. For example, toys collected in Fremont will go to the Salvation Army's efforts there.
The toys that are donated in Omaha will make their way to Toyland, the Salvation Army's holiday distribution centers. There are 3 Toyland locations this year: The Salvation Army Kroc Center in South Omaha; their North Corps location at 24th and Pratt; and at the Citadel Corps near 30th and Cuming. On December 20 and 21, families who are a part of the Toyland program can come and select just the right gifts for each unique child.
In addition to toys for the little ones, The Salvation Army emphasizes the need for gifts for children between the ages of 12 and 15. For this age range, gift cards make a great surprise under the tree.
The Salvation Army serves between 1,000 to 2,000 families every year. This year, they anticipate the need will be even greater, due to the recent flooding.
For more information about KMTV's Angel Tree Toy Drive, a map of drop-off locations, and a gift suggestion list, you can visit their website at 3NewsNow.com.
The Salvation Army Angel Tree Toy Drive is part of KMTV's 3 Million Dollar Community Commitment. In 2019, the station pledged to donate $3 million of free advertising and support to non-profits, big and small, across the metro. According to Forsgren, the station is on pace to reach that ambitious goal by the end of the year.