Alice Goewey stands in front of shelves that are in need of donations to complete the orders for toys of families served through the Salvation Army.
ALTON — Five days per week, Alice Goewey is “Santa’s helper” at the Salvation Army, 525 Alby St.
She volunteers behind the scenes to fill toy orders for the more than 500 children being served this year through the local Corps in Alton. About 300 families from around the Riverbend have met with Goewey and other volunteers to complete applications to receive toys and a food basket the week before Christmas.
Goewey attends the Salvation Army church and has been active with the Christmas toy distribution since 2000. Goewey says the types of toys needed to complete the wish lists this year include family board games for older children, sports balls of all types, anything from the movie “Frozen,” Ninja Turtles, action figures, Minecraft, nail polish and lip gloss, craft kits, Go-Go puppy, baby dolls and toys for children 2 and younger.
To donate, bring items to the Salvation Army from 9 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m. Monday to Friday. Also, there is a “Fill the Truck” toy drive at local Walmart stores on Saturday, Dec. 13.