This year, the local Salvation Army Angel Tree Ministry, known as Project love is asking for resident angels over the three-parish area to help Santa provide Christmas gifts for 434 needy children in Richland, Madison and Franklin parishes.
"It is our main source of revenue for the whole year, we have donations given year round, but we use the money to supplement donations". She says volunteers are desperately needed to help the organization with its single-most important cash raising campaign of the year.
"After school programs, educational programs, character building programs, senior citizens programs", he explained.
The kettle drive ends Dec. 23 this year; Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, is on a Sunday and the Salvation Army does not man the kettles on Sundays, Thomas said.
With the winter season around the corner, Fierera points out for many people, this is a very expensive time of year.
"We're working on it at the moment so we don't have confirmed details just yet", Sadowy said.
Honorary Kettle Chairman Shawn Dobberstein announced this year's goal of $900,000. And through the Adopt-a-Family that First National Bank does for us every year.
The same working poor also have greater difficulty covering their bills in winter when some of the food budget may go into paying the heating bill, or funding Christmas, he said.
On Saturday, over 100 volunteers and Salvation Army employees will join together to prepare the boxes for area families. "People to help deliver food to some of the towers for some of those shut-ins that can't get out". So many of us have a lot. o many of us don't have very much.
Volunteers are asked to oversee a kettle at one of 19 locations across the city, for at least one two-hour shift.