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YMCA shops for military families in need of holiday help

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - With already strong demand from enlisted families for holiday assistance, volunteers with the San Diego Armed Services YMCA Wednesday went on a shopping spree for gifts at a Toys R Us store.

The YMCA's Brittany Catton said 1,140 enlisted families have signed up to receive help, more than 100 over last year.

"This program is so sought out by military families, and the need continues to grow," Catton said.

She said the amount of military families the YMCA will be able to serve depends directly on the amount of toys and donation received up to Dec. 14th.

Volunteers purchased 800 toys from the store, but their goal is to collect 5,000, Catton said.

The gifts will be distributed on Dec. 14 and 15, when parents can "shop" for the free presents they need to give to family members.

Information about donating is available by phone at (858) 751-5755 or online at militaryymca.org.

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