The Salvation Army's Toy Shop Auxiliary Raised More Than $14,000 to Benefit Children

Annual Fundraiser & Doll Auction Provides Books, Dolls, Toys and Stuffed Bears to Children at Christmas

Cincinnati, OH (November 25, 2015) – The Salvation Army Toy Shop Auxiliary today announced that it raised more than $14,000 at its 59th annual Fundraiser & Doll Auction, which benefits area children.  The annual event was held Saturday, November 14th at the Armstrong Chapel in Indian Hill.  The proceeds are used to purchase dolls, books, toys and stuffed bears that are distributed to area children in need each Christmas.

“The efforts of the Toy Shop Auxiliary are a tremendous blessing to less fortunate children in our community,” stated Major Janet Ashcraft, Divisional Director of Women’s Ministries at The Salvation Army.  “We’re very grateful to these dedicated, kind-hearted women who, year after year, show their commitment to providing a brighter Christmas for children.”  Last year, more than 5,300 children received Christmas gifts at The Salvation Army’s annual Toy Shop, including books, dressed dolls and bears and toys provided through the efforts of the Toy Shop Auxiliary.

“We love to see how our efforts provide a great benefit for the children,” stated Phyllis Poeppelmeier, president of The Salvation Army Toy Shop Auxiliary.  “Our members and volunteers are so giving with their talent, time and treasure, and it’s such a blessing for those who benefit.”  Toy Shop Auxiliary members invest countless volunteer hours each year to ensure that children in the local community have a more joyful Christmas.  The members and volunteers support the effort through myriad activities, including creating beautiful outfits and accessories for dolls and bears, selecting and purchasing appropriate books, and participating in the many facets of the fundraising effort and the Toy Shop distribution.

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