The Superior Salvation Army and Superior Fire Department are accepting applications for Christmas food baskets and Toys for Tots toy distribution through Dec. 9.

Sign ups will be taken from 10 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays or by appointment at the Salvation Army, 916 Hughitt Ave. Douglas County residents can pick up an application at the Salvation Army or print the online form, https://tinyurl.com/2021SuperiorChristmasApp, at home. Additional sheets can be used for families with more than four members.

Participants are asked to fill out a wish list for everyone in the household, and to be very specific. They should also bring the following:

  • Photo ID

  • Current piece of official mail with name and address

  • Proof of each child in the household (birth certificate, school or insurance record)

Food distribution will take place Dec. 16 at the Salvation Army. Toys will be distributed at the Superior Fire Department Headquarters, 3326 Tower Ave., Dec. 18-19.

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This year due to COVID-19, families will not be able to pick their own toys off of tables. All toys will be pre-bagged and loaded via drive-thru at the Superior Fire Department headquarters to maintain physical distancing. Toys will be selected based on the wish list and item availability. The more specific a wish list is, the better.

For more information, call 715-394-7001.

Toy drop off

The Toys for Tots program reaches 500-800 children annually, providing gifts to young people in Douglas County.

Superior Fire Department driver John Lundberg has been involved in the giving campaign for five years. He said the need has fluctuated from year to year. What hasn’t changed is the overwhelming community support the campaign receives.

“The members of this community really like to contribute, knowing that all the donations go to support the citizens of Superior and Douglas County. This highlights the giving nature of the holidays,” Lundberg said.

Toy donations can be dropped off at the Salvation Army, 916 Hughitt Ave., and the Superior Fire Department headquarters building. Additional toy dropoff sites are being established. There are three online shopping methods available, as well. Donors can save themselves a trip to the store by purchasing items online and having them shipped directly to the fire department. Links will be posted on the fire department’s Facebook page, Lundberg said.

They include the following:

Each site offers gift ideas, from Lego sets and board games to headphones and dolls. Donors can also browse off the list, as well.