Salvation Army needs money and toys

Salvation Army needs money and toys

Salvation Army needs money and toys

He has handed out 750 candy canes so far this year.

Laura Owens Bailey, of Lexington, said the volunteers' work is part of the joy and excitement of Christmas.

After all, offering goodwill to the community is a mainstay for Take a Hike, an innovative adventure-based learning program run out of Kootenay Columbia Learning Centre. "And then they're also gonna be able to pick out things like stocking stuffers, stuffed animals, family games, and we even have a table of hats and mittens".

Capt. Lori Brown estimated there was about $3,000 to $4,000 worth of donated toys lost, plus about $2,000 worth of food, including three freezers full of meat.

The Salvation Army's Christmas Kettle campaign is one and a half weeks from the final collection day and although the city has been supportive, the total collected has fallen far behind past year at this point.

Other services that utilize funds from the campaign include heat and utility assistance, prescription assistance, clothing assistance and youth character building programs such as music and troops programs.

"I sit out here like nine hours, 10 hours a day", he said.

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The campaign ends on December 23.

"Right now we're doing pretty well, we pretty much got enough toys probably to cover everyone", said Michael Davis, Coordinator of Toys For Tots in Mesa County.

As CBS2's Carolyn Gusoff reported, donated toys are stuffed into a Salvation Army space in Suffolk County - each matched to a child with a Christmas wish. These services provided 3,813 residents with Hope and Peace during 2017.

The Salvation Army's Angel Tree program, which has been around for decades, is struggling this year as families flood the Blue Point region with requests.

"It makes me feel good, and it makes me feel happy", she said. "It looks like the weather's going to be good nearly through Christmas". The rest of the families will receive a package from toys and food collected at the numerous toy and food drives held across the region.

That means stores should be hopping with shoppers, and will give people ample opportunity to drop in some donations at Salvation Army kettle locations across the city.

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