The Annual “12 Hours Of Salvation” Toy Drive To Benefit Thousands of Stateline Families

Q98.5, Lou Bachrodt Auto Mall, First Northern Credit Union, WREX TV and The Salvation Army partner again this year for the Annual “12 Hours of Salvation Toy Drive”, to collect toys for needy families in the Stateline area.

On Friday, December 2nd, 2016, for the 20th year in a row, Lou Bachrodt Auto Mall will host a day-long toy drive benefiting The Salvation Army. The event begins at 7 a.m. and ends at 7 p.m. During the 12-hour drive, we will accept new, unwrapped toys from individuals and businesses. At the event, we will have local choral groups singing Christmas carols, The Salvation Army Rockford Temple Brass Band playing Christmas music, Santa Claus giving candy canes to all of the guests, and The Salvation Army accepting toys at the dealership all day.

The drive has been a booming success in the past! Since we have been involved with the toy drive, The Salvation Army had at least one toy for every child on its list. In past years, over 90% of all the toys collected for The Salvation Army have come from this 1-day drive! The Salvation Army estimates thousands of families will benefit from this year’s toy drive. Toys will be distributed on December 21 & 22, 2015 at The Salvation Army Rockford Tabernacle Community Center, 210 Kilburn Avenue, Rockford, IL

In 2015, the “12 Hours of Salvation Toy Drive” collected Over 8,751 Brand New Toys and over $3,125 dollars in Salvation Red Kettle. Over 1,500 families helped with toys and food. (Add in a few kids and close to 4,000 kids had a great Christmas because of our one day toy drive!. Please join us and help make Christmas a little brighter for state- line boys and girls. All toys stay locally.

Since January 2000, Lou Bachrodt Auto Mall employees have donated part of their payroll checks every week with a company match, and during the month of November, a group of employee volunteers purchase toys with the funds collected. This year Lou Bachrodt Auto Mall employees have donated almost $10,000 worth of toys to kick off this year's drive!

For More Information, Contact:

George Schaffner at Lou Bachrodt (815) 332-3000
Diane Tolcher from The Salvation Army (815)-708-6433 X1