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Dec 7, 2012 9:14 PM

Catholic Action Center Collecting Donations For Annual "Christmas Store"

So you want to help families in need this Christmas, but you aren't sure how. Think about donating toys to the Catholic Action Center's "Christmas Store." Starting December 21, parents can "shop" for gifts there, for free.

Organizers say last year, 15,000 kids were able to open presents on Christmas morning because of thousands of generous people, donating gently used toys, books, games, and clothes. This year, they say donations are coming in, but they're nowhere near ready to open.

"We're in the same shape we're in every year at this time," says Ginny Ramsey, with Catholic Action Center.

There are less than two weeks until doors open at the Christmas Store.

"We need kids who want to help. Not to just go under their beds, and in their closets, in their basements, but go to neighbors," Ramsey says.

She showed us a trailer half full with donations. For the Catholic Action Center to help the thousands of kids they do every year, they need to stock two more trailers.

"Somehow it happens every year. It's a Christmas miracle. But it does take everyone taking the time to go through, find toys, gifts, games, that they want to donate," Ramsey says.

The store is open December 21-23.

There are 24 drop-off crates around town where you can leave your donations in a secure place. For information on where to find them, click here:

Catholic Action Center needs 2,000 volunteers to help from December 15-23. If you're interested, you can also find that information on their website.


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