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Dec 7, 2012 Comments Off Dinah Tellya

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Officials with the Salvation Army say they’re seeing a record number of families asking for help this holiday season.

Nearly 18,000 families have registered for Christmas assistance in the last month. That number has grown by 2,500 since last year, breaking the 2009 record.

Registered families will get free toys, money for food and other donated items at up to six Salvation Army locations as well as other partnered agencies. If you’d like to donate, contact the Salvation Army at (651) 746-3595.

Although pre-registration has closed, the Salvation Army hosts an emergency toy shop on Dec. 22 to help those families who miss their scheduled appointment or failed to pre-register.