Rachel Street, 9, and Grace Trainor pack toys that were dropped off for the Lewiston Salvation Army at the Auburn Mall on Friday. Five chapters of The Red Hat Society gathered at the mall to kick off the annual Salvation Army Toy Drive. Capt. Deanna Street said the Lewiston Salvation Army will provide gifts to 500 children this Christmas. Anyone can pick a paper bell from the tree at the mall’s center court to find out a child’s age, gender, coat size and their three wishes. Presents should be left unwrapped under the tree by Dec. 14. Friday’s snowstorm kept a few Red Hatters from attending their 13th annual kickoff. But they still managed to fill a van with toys. “The snow ain’t going to stop us,” Jacquie Delasso said. (Daryn Slover/Sun Journal)

Sue Blanchette-Lizotte, left, Cpt. Deanna Street of the Lewiston Salvation Army and Vickie Thompson load bags of toys into Street’s van at the Auburn Mall on Friday. (Daryn Slover/Sun Journal)

To contribute to the The Salvation Army toy drive, pick a paper bell from the tree at the Auburn Mall’s center court. You will find a child’s age, gender, coat size and their three wishes. Presents should be left unwrapped under the tree by Dec. 14. You do not need to purchase more than one item to participate. (Daryn Slover/Sun Journal)


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