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Salvation Army of McHenry County, local businesses to conduct toy drive

Zippy Shell, WZSR Star 105.5 FM, Woodstock Harley-Davidson to help collect items

The Salvation Army of McHenry County is pairing up with several local businesses to put on the "Fill the Shell" Toy Drive on Saturday in Woodstock.
The Salvation Army of McHenry County is pairing up with several local businesses to put on the "Fill the Shell" Toy Drive on Saturday in Woodstock.

CRYSTAL LAKE – The Salvation Army of McHenry County is pairing up with several local businesses to put on the “Fill the Shell” Toy Drive on Saturday in Woodstock.

The Salvation Army, Zippy Shell, WZSR Star 105.5 FM and Woodstock Harley-Davidson are hosting a toy drive from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Woodstock motorcycle center, 2235 S. Eastwood Drive, Woodstock, according to a news release from The Salvation Army’s Crystal Lake-based branch.

Attendees are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy to fill a Zippy Shell storage unit in support of The Salvation Army Angel Tree program.

The program provides new toys to families in need that have registered through The Salvation Army of McHenry County.

“We will serve more than 400 families this year, representing over 1,000 children, in providing both toys and fresh food boxes at Christmas,” said Capt. Carol Lewis, commanding officer of The Salvation Army of McHenry County. “We are truly grateful for community partners like Zippy Shell, Star 105.5 Radio and Woodstock Harley-Davidson, as well as many others who support our Angel Tree program.”

Star 105.5 will be live from 10 a.m. to noon to kick off the event.

Zippy Shell also will provide a storage unit for the new toys to be distributed beginning Dec. 12 through Christmas Toyland at The Salvation Army, 290 W. Crystal Lake Ave., Crystal Lake.

Donors and community partners are invited to attend Breakfast with the Captain at 8 a.m. Dec. 12. Attendees will be able to see Christmas Toyland before distribution begins, and they can hear about The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services provided locally and globally. For information, visit www.salarmycl.org.

Last year, 1,800 local children received more than 13,000 gifts through the Christmas Toyland Toy Shop and the Angel Tree program, and bell ringers raised more than $200,000.

To become a bell ringer, call 815-455-2769 or register online at www.registertoring.com.

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