Salvation Army looks for last-minute toy donations before delivery to local families

The Jackson County chapter is still looking for a few specific things to make sure that all 320 families get gifts this holiday season.

Posted: Dec 19, 2019 11:05 AM

MEDFORD, Ore. — Though the annual "Season for Sharing" drive wrapped on Wednesday, the Salvation Army is hoping for some last-minute gift donations to ensure that several hundred families in need receive gifts this holiday season.

On Friday, the Salvation Army will deliver toys, clothes, and food gift cards to more than 320 pre-registered families in Jackson County. About 2,000 kids receive new toys through the program.

Five days of Salvation Army bell ringing remain

With a particularly short holiday season this year, the Salvation Army is still about $54,000 short of reaching their goal through the annual Red Kettle campaign.

"When you donate in a Red Kettle, that money stays in your community to help your neighbors in need,” says Major Jason Koenig, Jackson County coordinator for The Salvation Army.

“We are here for the community and will continue to help our community to the best of our capacity and our means. We can do more with the community’s help, so please throw a couple extra coins or dollars into the next kettle you see. Your spare change can literally change someone’s life when you donate to The Salvation Army,” Koenig continued. “If we don’t raise the money to meet our Red Kettle Goal, we will struggle to provide services to the community that are necessary for so many people. We need the community's help."

Bell ringing will continue at multiple locations throughout Jackson County every day (except Sunday) until 2 p.m. on Christmas Eve. You can find a Red Kettle at the following locations:

  • Bi-Mart - All three locations in Jackson County
  • Walmart - All three locations in Jackson County
  • Sherm’s Food 4 Less
  • Cartwrights
  • Hobby Lobby
  • Thunderbird
  • Fred Meyer - Both locations in Jackson County
  • Hobby Lobby
  • Albertsons
  • Safeway
  • Grocery Outlet - White City

"As The Salvation Army prepares for the distribution, today, Thursday, December 19th is the final push to receive donated toys in time for our distribution," the organization said.

Donated toys can be brought directly to The Salvation Army at 304 Beatty Street, Medford.

Some of the needed items are very specific, while some age groups still require a general variety of gifts. The types of gifts needed by age group can be found below.


Special/Specific requests:

  • 1- 8lb bowling ball
  • 1- 6 lb bowling ball
  • 3 - cameras
  • 2- Instax Cameras
  • 2 - punching bags
  • 10 - Hydroflasks
  • 4 - XL Hoodies
  • 4 - 2XL Hoodies
  • 4 - 3XL Hoodies

Boys 9-12:

  • RC Cars
  • Model Car/Airplane Kits
  • STEM Kits/Robotics
  • Advance Board Games (Scavenger Hunt, RISK, Stratego, Battleship, etc..)

Girls 9-12:

  • Advanced Arts & crafts Sets
  • Model Car/Airplane Kits
  • RC Cars
  • STEM Kits/Robotics
  • American Girl Dolls & Accessories (Well Wishers, 18 inch Dolls)
  • Advance Board Games (See Above)

Teen-Agers 13-18:

  • Clothes, Shoes (Vans, Converse)
  • Gift Cards for Movies, Go-Karting, Family Fun Center, Ice Skating, Bowling, Laser Tag, or Escape Rooms
  • Beanies/Hoodies
  • Watches
  • Wallets/Purses
  • Anime—Everything
  • Plush Blankets
  • Vinyl Pop Figures
  • Skateboards
  • Scooters
  • Gaming Headsets
  • Warm Clothing for Teens
  • Sports Equipment
  • Pokemon Cards
  • Gameboards for Teens
  • Books

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