The Salvation Army to distribute food baskets
The Salvation Army's annual Christmas food basket distribution will take place on Thursday, December 20th at the organization's Christmas Headquarters on 47 Copeland Avenue. More than 50 volunteers will hand out food baskets and gifts for children from 9 am - 6 pm. Families registered in early November for the food baskets and the gifts from the Angel Giving Tree.
"We are seeing a lot of need among people who have a job, but don't have enough money to pay for the special components that come with Christmas," said Major Paul Moore. Two years ago we gave away 464 food baskets, last year the number was 584 and this year 625 people have registered for food for Christmas."
"Meeting this type of need is truly a community effort," said Moore. "The number of people who stepped in to take Angel Tree tags and buy gifts for the children was heart warming. There were so many people willing to sponsor a child that we almost had a waiting list." Moore says the food give a-ways are also the result of the generosity of the community. "Half the turkeys were donated, both by individuals and by Wettsteins and a number of people donated the boxes of macaroni and cheese. Everyone who puts money in a red kettle helps purchase the remaining groceries."
The Salvation Army is making an extra effort to reach out to the Hmong community. Instead of the traditional American turkey, some of the baskets will include sticky rice and other foods preferred in the Hmong culture.
People who have registered to receive food and/or Angel Tree gifts all have appointment times. They need to bring with them identification and their blue reservation forms.