Salvation Army Begins Christmas Effort

The Salvation Army Thursday announced its biggest fundraiser of the year, the Red Kettle Campaign, will begin Friday.

Bell ringers will be at shopping locations all over town.

The agency uses the money donated for charitable programs at Christmas and throughout the year.

"There are so many children and families who are having a harder time this year than last year," said Maj. Steve Welch. "There are always people in need. This year there seems to be more new faces that we're seeing because of the economy. And so we want to try to make sure everyone gets a somewhat decent Christmas in the way of food and toys."

Welch says it takes everybody helping to accomplish that.

The Salvation Army asks that you "adopt" kids on the Angel Tree, and then supply clothing, shoes and toys they have listed. The deadline for turning in those gifts is Dec. 19, so the Salvation Army has time to distribute them to families.

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  • by Anonymous on Nov 20, 2009 at 12:23 PM
    I try to help with the Salvation Army distribution every year and I have to say that sometimes dealing with people can be trying, but it never fails that there is someone who comes for help who is so humble and thankful for every little thing and is having problems thru no fault of their own that it always reminds me of how unbelievable blessed most of us are. If you can help the Salvation Army help these families and children in any small way I encourage you to do so. It could be me or you some year in the future.
  • by A concerned citizen Location: Meridian on Nov 20, 2009 at 04:56 AM
    Hillary, I'm sorry that you have lost your job...good luck finding a job..don't give up. In the meantime, contact the Salvation Army at 601-483-6156 and they will direct you in how to have a brighter Christmas. Oh, and don't forget the Wesley House...601-485-4736...they may help too.
  • by Hillary Durham Location: Newcastle Delaware on Nov 19, 2009 at 05:39 PM
    Hi my name is hillary and I think the things you and others do for people is a blessing. I have recently been layed off of work i have been on the online and putting applications everywhere im not having much luck. The reason im writing this to you today is I have a 15month old son (jayolin) that I have been taking care of by myself and it's been a struggle. I am asking you and your staff if there is any donation you could help me with for my sons christmas. GOD BLESS ALL!
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