Collecting for kids

Volunteers Linda Conway, left, and Tammy Stratton have fun looking over the assortment of gifts during a brief lull Wednesday at the Salvation Army in Jefferson City.

Volunteers Linda Conway, left, and Tammy Stratton have fun looking over the assortment of gifts during a brief lull Wednesday at the Salvation Army in Jefferson City. Photo by Kelley McCall.

Donated items collected via Angel Tree and Toys for Tots will help suppliment Christmas presents for 242 Cole County families this holiday season.

The Angel Tree gift pickup sites have a calmer, more festive feel this year. Instead of waiting in long lines to pick up pre-bagged presents, parents visit several stations to select clothes and toys for their children.

Salvation Army volunteers serve as shopping buddies to help guide them through the process.

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