Toyland Express: Helping kids in need this holiday season

By KBJR News 1

November 20, 2013 Updated Nov 21, 2013 at 2:52 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Christmas is coming and people are in need so Salvation Army members say it is time to really press their mission.

"The mission of the Salvation Army is to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs without discrimination." said Major Bill Cox.

A key part of the aid provided by the Salvation Army during the holidays is the Toyland Express.

Nancy Leslie has been coordinating the toy drive and distribution efforts for 26 years.

She says the need gets greater every year.

"It's not getting easier. It is getting busier. We started out with very few families and as of today, I have 866." said Leslie.

Usually, 16–hundred families sign up for toys and Leslie is certain that many will be signed up again when registration ends next week.

She's glad to see donations are already starting to roll in.

"That's a very good sign. It is at least a start that people realize that we are taking Christmas applications and that Christmas is right around the corner." said Leslie.

Gifts and cash donations for the Toyland Express and other Salvation Army programs, given this time of year, keep on working even after December, 25th.

"It's not just for Christmas but year round we collect donations to help people and families here." said Cox.

Parents or legal guardians of children up to 16, can register for Toyland Express this week through the first half of next week.

Twin Ports drop off sites:

148th Fighter Wing 4680 Viper Street
242 Yacht Club of Duluth 329 S 61st Ave W
A and L Properties 11 E. Superior St, Suite 500
Advantage Emblem 4313 Haines Road
American Legion Post 71 5814 Grand Avenue
AMSOIL 925 Tower Avenue
Anytime Fitness 1502 E Superior St
Anytime Fitness 4865 Miller Trunk Hwy
Anytime Fitness 215 N Central Ave
Arbys Restaurant 1362 Arrowhead Road
Auto Value 1341 Sundby Road
Auto Value 1726 W. Michigan Street
Avenue 45 Hair Designers(Draw to win a prize or discount with toy donation) 514 N 45th Ave E
B-105 FM 14 E Central Entrance
Baja Tanning 4602 Grand Ave Suite 200
Baja Tanning 1342 W Arrowhead Rd
Bayshore Health Center 1601 St. Louis Ave.
Bell Bros Jarvi Dowd 925 E. 4th St.
Bentleyville Tour of Lights Bayfront Park
Bonnie Perkins Agency 738 East Superior Street
Bridgeman’s 2202 Mnt. Shadow Dr.
Bulldog Pizza 101 Mount Royal Cir
Caribou Coffee 307 Canal Park Drive
Caribou Coffee 627 W Central Entrance
Cartier Agency 2631 W. Superior Street
Center for Personal Fitness 402 E 2nd Street
Certified Public Accountants 5601 Ramsey Street
Chiropractic Health Center 215 N Central Ave
Chris Jensen Rehab Center 2501 Rice Lake Road
Community Connection 2701 W. Superior Street
Cub Foods 615 W. Central Entrance
Curves for Women 4310 Menard Dr
Curves for Women 14 East St Marie Street
Daugherty Appliance & Serv 3931 W. 1st St. 55807
Denfeld School 4405 West 4th Street
Dollar Tree Mall 5115 Burning Tree Road
Dollar Tree West 215 N. Central Ave.
Duluth Area Assoc of Realtors 4031 Grand Ave
Duluth Business University 4724 Mike Colalillo Dr.
Duluth Children’s Museum 115 S 29th Ave W
Duluth Clinic West 4212 Grand Ave.
Duluth Dodge 4755 Miller Trunk Hwy
Duluth East High School 301 N 40th Ave E
Duluth Federation of Teachers 639 E Central Entrance
Duluth Internal Medicine – St. Luke’s Clinic 324 W Superior St #220
Duluth Lawn & Sport 4715 Grand Ave
Duluth News Tribune 424 West 1st Street
Dunn Brothers 2401 London Road
East High School 301 N 40th Ave E
Ebert & Gerberts(Free soda with toy donation) 4502 Grand Ave
Ebert & Gerberts(Free soda with toy donation) 324 W 1st St
Erbert & Gerberts(Free soda with toy donation) 1350 Arrowhead Road
Ebert & Gerberts(Free soda with toy donation) 1414 MN Hwy 33 Cloquet
Erbert & Gerberts(Free soda with toy donation) 1111 Tower Avenue Superior, WI
Econolodge Hotel 4197 Haines Rd
Edgewood Vista-assisted 4195 Westberg Rd.
Edina Realty 1515 London Road
Edison Northstar Academy 3301 Technology Drive
Elks Club 4250 Haines Road
Essentia-Bio Med 400 E 3rd Street
Essentia-Internal Med.-3rd Flr 420 E. 1st Street
Explorations Toy Store 201 W Superior Street
Fitger’s Inn 600 E. Superior Street
Fosters Bar & Grill 4767 Arrowhead Rd
FOX Channel KQDS 2001 London Road
Frito Lay 3761 Midway Rd
Grandma’s Corp Office 525 Lake Ave So., #201
GrayBar Electric 2601 W Superior Street
Great Clips for Hair 4602 Grand Ave.
Great Clips for Hair 1405 Miller Trunk Hwy
Great Clips for Hair 107 Mt. Royal Center
Hansen Auto 3802 Trinity Road
Harley Davidson Sport Center 345 Lake Avenue
Harley Davidson Sport Center 4355 Stebner Road
Hermantown Elementary 5365 West Arrowhead Rd
Hermantown High School 4335 Hawk Circle Dr
Hermantown Middle School 4289 Ugstad Road
Hermantown Fedral Crdt Union 4477 Lavaque Rd
Hermantown Fedral Crdt Union 2516 London Road
Hidden Valley Pre School 606 Valley Drive
Holden Insurance 5713 Grand Ave
Homecroft Elm PTA 4784 Howard Gnesen Rd
Hope United Methodist Church 301 W St Marie St
Jamar/Adsco 4701 Mike Colalillo Dr
K Mart 215 N. Central Ave
KBJR-News 6 246 Lake Ave.
Keystone Bluff 2528 Trinity Road
Knot A Care Therapeutic Massage(Draw to win a prize or discount with toy donation) 514 N 45th Ave E
Kohl’s 2115 Miller Trunk Hwy
Kolar Auto World 4781 Miller Trunk Hwy
Kolar Chevrolet 4770 W Arrowhead Rd
Lake Ave Masonic Bldg 4 W 2nd Street
Lake Superior College 2101 Trinity Road
Lake Superior Dental 1225 East 1st St.
Lakeshore 4002 London Road
Lester Park Elementary 315 North 54th Ave. East
Lester Park Methodist Church 5401 E Superior Street
Lombard Street Store 130 W. Superior St.
Lots for Tots 4921 Matterhorn Drive
Luther Family Chevrolet 4183 Haines Rd.
Luthern Social Services 424 W. Superior St.# 600
Marine General 1501 London Road
Marshall Hardware 4415 E Superior St
Marshall School
Maurices 1600 Miller Trnk Hwy
Mc Gladrey & Pullen 227 W 1st St #700
McDonalds-Central Ent. 110 E. Central Ent.
McDonalds-Hermantown 4301 Menard Dr.
McDonalds-London Rd 2101 London Rd.
McDonalds-Proctor 9310 W. Skyline Pkwy
McDonalds-West 428 N. Central Ave.
Menards 4809 Miller Trunk Hwy
Menards 503 N 50th Avenue West
Minnesota Power 3215 Arrowhead Road
Minnesota Power GOB 30 West Superior St
MNDOT 1123 Mesaba Avenue
MNDOT 4787 Midway Road
Northern Comm. Crdt Union 3311 W. Arrowhead Rd.
Northern Comm. Crdt Union 5322 Grand Ave.
Northstar Academy 3301 Technology
NorthStar Ford 1420 Miller Hill Mall
Northwoods Childrens Srvc 4000 W 9th Street
Occasions 2330 Mount Shadow
On The Canal Salon & Day Spa 368 South Lake Ave
Otis Magie Insurance 332 W Superior St, Suite 700
Our Saviors Lutheran Church 4831 Grand Ave
Park State Bank 2630 West Superior St
Piggly Wiggly 4020 Woodland Ave
Pioneer National Bank 120 Mt Royal Shping Cntr
Pioneer National Bank 331 North Central Ave
Pioneer National Bank 1600 Miller Trnk Hwy
Power Blendz 201 W First St
Pro Light & Sound 350 Garfield Ave, Suite 5
Radisson Hotel 505 W. Superior Street
Real Living / Messina & Assoc 1512 E Superior Street
Republic Bank 306 West Superior St
Republic Bank 1619 Woodland Ave
Republic Bank 4929 Decker Rd
RJ Sport & Cycle 4918 Miller Trunk Hwy
Sammy’s Pizza 4631 E Superior Street
Sammy’s Pizza 403 W Central
Sammy’s Pizza 103 W 1st Street
Sammy’s Pizza 3 W Central Entrance
Sammy’s Pizza Hwy 53 & LaVaque Rd
Sammy’s Pizza 4011 Woodland Ave
Share Advantage Credit Union 2502 Maple Grove Rd
ShopKo 801 W. Central Entrance
Sir Benedict’s Tavern 805 East Superior St
Soar Career Solutions 205 W. 2nd Street
St Lukes Mt Royal Medical Clinic 1400 Woodland Ave
St. Michael’s Church 4901 East Superior Street
State Farm Ins. 302 W. Michigan Street
Suites Hotel($20 gift card and a $10 Timberlodge gift certificate with a toy or food donation valued at $10 or more) 325 South Lake Avenue
Super One Foods – Kenwood 1316 Arrowhead Rd
Super One Foods – Lakeside 5928 E. Superior Street
Super One Foods – Mall 5401 Burning Tree Rd.
Super One Foods – Plaza 15 South 13th Ave E.
Super One Foods – West 5300 Bristol St
Superior Choice Crdt Union 4161 Haines Rd.
Susies Salon 4012 Woodland Ave
TJ MAXX 5115 Burning Tree Drive
Toys for Keeps 335 Canal Park Drive
Twig Bakery 3930 E Calvary Road
UMD-facilities mngmt 241 Darland Admin Bldg
United Health Care 4316 Rice Lake Rd
US Bank – Kenwood Branch 1337 Arrowhead Rd
Video Vision 1418 Belknap St
Walgreens Pharmacy 1131 E Superior Street
Walgreens Pharmacy 1201 Miller Trunk Hwy
Walgreens Pharmacy 4501 Grand Avenue
Wal-Mart 4740 Mall Dr. Hermntwn
Waste Management 3101 W. Superior Street
Western Bank 201 N Central Avenue
Western Bank 202 W. Superior Street
Western Bank 5401 Burning Tree Rd.
Woodland Gardens 127 E. Calvary Rd.
Woodland Middle School 210 Clover St.

Dave Anderson