Caption: Bikes donated by Amazon lined up at Centurylink Field in Seattle! Photo by Major Dana Libby

One of the most touching examples of Christmas caring is happening right now in Seattle, Washington.

Thousands of toys donated by generous companies, individual donors, schools and service clubs have been organized by volunteers at Centurylink Field to create a one-day “Toy and Joy” event.

“Toy and Joy” is designed to give moms and dads who are struggling to make ends meet somewhere to ‘shop.’

It doesn’t cost them a thing, but they get to stroll the aisles to pick out something for their little ones, just like millions of other parents this holiday season.

My colleague Lora Marini Baker says it’s designed that way for a reason. The Salvation Army wants to give parents choices and a little dignity; two things that are often in short supply when times are tough.

More than 12,000 kids in the Seattle area and another 30,000 in Western Washington will have something to unwrap on Christmas morning because of the efforts of our generous donors, hardworking volunteers and dedicated staff.

What a wonderful Christmas story. Thank you to everyone who makes “Toy and Joy” possible.

:: Find out how you can become involved with The Salvation Army in the Northwest by clicking here.

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