CINCINNATI — Inflation is still affecting things like food and toys this holiday season. That’s why the Salvation Army is doing all it can to help.

What You Need To Know

  • The Salvation Army's Toy Auxiliary is back in person for the first time since the pandemic 

  • Since 1957, the organization has given out free gifts to families in need 

  • Organizers say there is an increased need this year because of inflation 

Every year, the Salvation Army of Greater Cincinnati gives out more than 700 books, nearly 5,000 dolls and various other toys to families. Prior to the pandemic, pick-up was in-person.

But during the pandemic they had to pivot and start pre-packing the gifts. This is their first year back in person. And organizers say they’re seeing a greater need from the community because of inflation.

“It is one of the joys of doing it and know that you're helping bring some happiness and smiles for a child on Christmas morning,” said Sylvia Osterday, Salvation Army Toy Shop Women’s Auxiliary president.

Toys will be packed over the next couple of weeks. Families will pick up the gifts the week before Christmas.