Guam- The Salvation Army surged with excitement Monday afternoon as huge donations of toys for less fortunate children arrived just in time for Christmas.
The Chinese Chamber of Commerce brought two large truckloads of toys worth over $20,590 dollars to the Tiyan facility. Vice President Benson Au-Yeung says although the community was facing tough economic times, they pulled their resources together to buy and deliver over one thousand pieces of toys. He adds this is the third year they’ve done this project and it has already increased from the previous year.
“Our motto is don’t let any children go through Christmas without a toy” said Au-Yeung. “So with that in mind, we all put our money together…whether we bought our own or we donated money. And our chamber [went] out and [got] all the toys…and they’re unloading it right now.”
The Marine Corps and the Veterans of Guam Motorcycle Club also arrived shortly after the Chinese Chamber’s delivery with more donations from the Toys for Tots program. A 5 year old LBJ Elementary School student named Gaius also donated his birthday presents in between the two large donation events.