Salvation Army prepares for this year's Toy Convoy in the Valley

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STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) -- It's that time of the year again: preparation for Toy Convoy has officially begun! Just yesterday, the Salvation Army for Staunton, Waynesboro and Page County purchased hundreds of toys to give to kids in need this December.

One thirty-minute shopping spree and long receipt later, the Salvation Army proudly announced that they purchased more than 700 toys. This accomplishment was made possible by a generous, $5,000 donation from Mountain Valley Burger King.

"Toys that children have requested were in those carts today and will be going to specific children on December 25th and that's just really exciting that we can make a difference in their lives," said Mary Kay Hearne, Major with the Salvation Army.

This local business has been supporting Toy Convoy for the last 20 years in order to give back to the community they've been a part of for so long.

"Each year that we have under our belt, it's just a feeling of more kids have been helped and the need gets greater I think every year. So when you do fulfill that, it's wonderful. It's just wonderful," said Terry Lafontaine, Special Projects Manager with Mountain Valley Corporation.

These toys will go out to almost 400 kids in the Staunton, Waynesboro and Page County area this holiday season.

The Salvation Army for Harrisonburg and Rockingham County will continue that spirit of giving today when they go shopping with a donation provided by the Harrisonburg Auto Mall.

To find out how you can get involved, you can visit the Salvation Army's website through the link we've provided in the 'Related Links' section.

As Toy Convoy kicks off, you can follow the hashtag #ToyConvoy to see where WHSV will be each week with the Salvation Army collecting toys for kids in our area.