Ring in the new year with The Salvation Army

Lucy Hill
December 15, 2017

An early morning fire has wiped out food and toys set for distribution next week to 200 needy area families by the Meadville unit of The Salvation Army.

They're asking for help making Christmas wishes come true.

"I see so many children that are giving toys, that have been working all year round to just raise a little bit of money because they want to make a difference in the life of another child", she said.

"As the cost of living continues to rise, an estimated 10 per cent of our population will live at or below the poverty line this year and turn to the services provided by the Trail Salvation Army as a result". Currently, donations are below $12 thousand dollars what they were previous year.

According to an NBC News report on the Salvation Army, 25,000 red kettles are set up in cities and towns across the USA from late November to Christmas Eve.

Payton has a stool he can sit down on if he gets exhausted but said it seems like the more steady people are coming in, "it gives me energy and I can stand up longer", he said.

Salvation Army officials said red kettle donations are down throughout the region, potentially curtailing the Army's ability to serve all those in need.

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The Salvation Army is urging donors to take advantage of tax relief by donating their IRA charitable rollover distributions to The Salvation Army, Genesee County.

"I thought this is the best thing I could do, to help people out in need", said Canfield.

There are many ways The Salvation Army is working to fill in the gaps for our friends and neighbors in need, not just during the Christmas Season but all year-round.

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

13, King Soopers stepped in to help for the fifth year in a row for the annual Big Ring event, where its employees ring the bells for a few hours in the afternoon at their store locations. The Salvation Army also has a worldwide presence in 127 countries around the globe.

Bell ringers will be out accepting donations through December 23rd.

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