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Great Falls annual Day Of Giving demonstrates community compassion

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The annual Great Falls "Day Of Giving" is being hailed as a success.

Volunteers braved the frigid temperatures from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. outside of Pierce Carpet Mill Outlet on Tuesday to collect donations for the Great Falls Community Food Bank, Toys For Tots, and the Salvation Army. 

Community members were encouraged to drive up and drop off food, toys, and donations.

There is no word yet on how many toys were collected.

The Great Falls Community Food bank says donations were up in several areas from previous years. They received 1,912 pounds of food, and more than $1,600 in cash donations.

Toys For Tots said they were pleased with the response, but coordinator MaryLou Brewster says they still need more toys, especially for older children.

Captain Mark King with the Salvation Army says they received several bags of youth clothes and blankets, along with approximately $1,000 in cash donations. 

He says they could still use help with their Red Kettle campaign this season to collect donations.

UPDATE: Toys For Tots received $935 in cash, and 492 donated toys.

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