Salvation Army packs over 500 Christmas boxes for those in need

Tammy Harvey
December 17, 2017

Every year, approximately 25,000 bell ringers, young and old, help The Salvation Army raise money for local community programs.

"We're hoping that we won't have to cut programming, but it's just, until we sit down and actually revise the budget, we don't know", Wicke said.

The girls were all invited to represent the Blackburn branch of The Salvation Army Band in the performance which was shown live on CBBC.

In just a few days, the Salvation Army is set to kick off its annual toy and joy program where families in need will receive donated toys and a frozen turkey.

"This one, however, is a tremendous boost to the bell ringing campaign", according to Fowler.

The Salvation Army is also distributing 130 hampers of its own alongside the Christmas Hamper Project. Families go around buying their Christmas trees to surround with gifts, unlike many others who don't have the opportunity to.

"There's a lot of wonderful people of all demographics and all ages coming out and volunteers and the volunteers are a cross section of society", said Oakes. Right now, however, collections are down 10 percent from a year ago even though the goal is higher.

Kim Jones says seeing on Channel 9 that someone stole a Salvation Army kettle from the Harris Teeter supermarket in Matthews last weekend left her full of emotions.

The Red Kettles are still out and will be until December 23, but the campaign runs until the first or second week of January. "Often times, people get irritated about all the commercialization of this time of year".

"Reaching our goal this year is going to require a big outpouring of support from the community between now and Christmas", said Deborah Sedlar, the western division commander.

This year, more than 900 families registered for the program. On Monday, five locations did not have someone to provide the familiar sound of the holiday season.

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