The Salvation Army holds toy distribution to help families in need

15 December, 2017, 05:09 | Author: Gladys Mathis
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Kettle funds assist with the Salvation Army's Christmas needs but they are especially important in ensuring that they are able to meet the needs throughout the coming year.

By 11 a.m., fewer than 20 bicycles remained and very few bags of toys and food. "My wife drove me to the office, but Captain Connelly told me we weren't going to try and go out that day, but at least I was there and ready", he said.

Since November, community members have had the opportunity to adopt a family in need and purchase Christmas gifts for them.

In our area, we of course have The Sun Santa Fund and a local branch of a worldwide organization that's been helping the less fortunate for more than 150 years - the Salvation Army.

"The more that's donated to Waseca County, the more help we can offer later down the line", she said.

"Last year we've had nearly 7,000 children that received toys as a part of the hamper program and we expect the need will be just as great", said Anne Marie DeCicco-Best, London's former mayor and the chair of the Salvation Army's kettle campaign.

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The Salvation Army had used a former vehicle dealership site on Peters Creek Parkway for years to sort donations and as its hub for its Christmas giveaway to children.

The Madbury resident has been giving back through the Salvation Army for over ten years.

More than 2,200 applications were accepted this year, proving the need is growing in our community.

If you've been out and about shopping this month, surely you've seen dozens of Salvation Army volunteers ringing their bells and collecting generous donations by the red kettles.

We're not sure why the level of volunteers and donations have waned this season.

A trailer and tent to accept toys, as well as monetary donations, will be set up Friday in The Salvation Army's parking lot. And for every dollar donated to the Salvation Army, 82 cents go to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. "They're given all of that here at this location and they take it home to their family".

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