Salvation Army to distribute toys at new location

Gladys Abbott
December 15, 2017

"It just brings community awareness to our kettles and then when it brings awareness to the kettles, then we can tell people about our programs", Major Rick Starkey, of the Salvation Army, said.

By 11 a.m., fewer than 20 bicycles remained and very few bags of toys and food.

The Salvation Army is using the former E.G. Forrest Food Service warehouse at the intersection of Trade and Ninth streets, said Bob Campbell, a spokesman for the organization.

"They'll be able to pick the toys off the tables for their children", Pahl continued, "so things that they know their kids are going to like".

Therapy donkeys from Young's Funny Farm were on Public Square helping the Wilkes-Barre Kiwanis Club raise money and awareness for the Salvation Army. It is most recognised during the Christmas season through its volunteers who stand outside business places and play or sing Christmas carols, or ring bells to inspire passers-by to place donations of cash and checks inside the trademark red kettles. With a total number of days being 37 this season, they will have three less days than the 2016 campaign, one of them being Christmas Eve, their biggest day of the year.

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Weekend weather in the Topeka area is expected to be pleasant - with highs around 60 degrees on Saturday.

"That was the best year we ever had, the community was wonderful, " she said.

"The more that's donated to Waseca County, the more help we can offer later down the line", she said. Salvation Army Traverse City in 2016 supplied more than 50,000 services to 12,000 local residents.

Perhaps the huge success of WCAP's annual Salvation Army Radiothon has created the impression that all of the local Army's fundraising needs have been met.

The Salvation Army Ridge Meadows Ministries serves over 9,000 meals every month and provides 25 emergency shelter beds and 15 beds in the Genesis Transitional Housing program. To become a volunteer, call the Salvation Army of Lowell at 978-458-3396.

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