Salvation Army in desperate need of toy donations

Organization serving about 1,500 children in Westfield area

WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – About 1,500 children in the Westfield area face a bleak Christmas morning, if caring people do not come forward over the next few days.

The Salvation Army in Westfield only has a small amount of gifts at their distribution center at the social center behind St. Joseph’s National Catholic Church on Main Street. Collections fell through the cracks because the distribution center has moved a few times. The 1,500 children in need belong to 400 Westfield families.

Julie Crevier told 22News, it would be devastating if her children didn’t get anything for Christmas.

“It would be difficult for them, for my 11 year old special needs daughter not to have anything under the tree. It would be devastating for her. My fifteen year old would understand and of course the older one would as well, the littlest one, not so much. She wouldn’t understand not having something under the tree on Christmas Day,” Crevier said.

With so little time before Christmas, the Westfield Salvation Army needs gifts for children of all ages. Julie Crevier is one of hundreds of Westfield parents whose children face the bleak prospect of doing without gifts on Christmas morning.

Just bring the children’s gifts to the St. Joseph’s Church Social Center at 73 Main Street in Westfield. You can also help by texting the word “Westfield” to 71777. A Salvation Army spokeswoman said the people of Westfield have been generous in the past. She’s hopeful the public will not disappoint the 1,500 children who are in need of a happy holiday.