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Salvation Army is 8,000 toys short this year

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DENVER -- Life would be hard to imagine if the Salvation Army never existed.

"It would probably look like a scene from 'It's a Wonderful Life' when there's nothing there and everything is in black and white and unfortunately the children didn't have anything to open on Christmas Day," said Lt. Col. Dan Starrett, the Salvation Army divisional commander.

Fortunately, the Salvation Army does exist, but not having enough toys this year is a real problem.

"We're seeing between (200) to 500 homeless families we've never helped before," Starrett said.

The Salvation Army is about 8,000 toys short this year.

"I'm really concerned and kind of worried," Starrett said.

The Salvation Army's goal of 8,000 new, unopened toys can be reached, but it starts in the community.

"I don't panic.  I don't panic because I know the people of Denver and I know the people of Colorado will step up and help us and others provide toys for children at Christmas," Starrett said.

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