Local charities need your help spreading holiday joy to area children

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ARDMORE, Okla. -- With Christmas just three weeks away, local charities are making a plea for help. They say they have fallen way below the minimum donations they need to help area children.

The Ardmore Salvation Army set out a goal to make sure 1,000 area kids receive a gift this holiday season. As of right now, only 300 gifts have been donated. It is the first time in 25 years they have fallen short

Captain Barbara Wilson believes the cost of living has made it harder for residents to donate.

Ardmore’s Toys for Tots is also struggling to meet its goal of 12,000 toys. Co-chair Michelle Harris says they plan to start giving out toys next week, but they still need about 11,000 toys to meet their quota.

"The cost of food has increased 30 percent, according to the news. It’s affected us dramatically," Harris says.

Tammie Garza is an Ardmore resident who recently lost her job, and with five kids at home, she is depending on the Salvation Army to make her children’s Christmas a merry one.

"I want to think positive. People will take some time out to go and give to the families who are in need of it, and I pray to God everyday every kid out there gets a smile like my kids do on that day," Tammie says.

Local organizers are asking the community to open their hearts.

"We’re going to have to get more donations before we can give all this up. There’s no way we’re going to make it at this point," Captain Barbara Wilson of the Ardmore Salvation Army says.

The local Salvation Army is accepting donations in downtown Ardmore next to the post office

For information about Toys for Tots, check the link below.

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