Wednesday, 17 January, 2018

Massachusetts Salvation Army is $1M short of fundraising goal, officials say

Alexander Green Andrew Green Bermuda Jan 18 2016 Two more sessions on Friday for Toys for Tots distribution
Heather Davidson | 23 December, 2017, 01:14

The Salvation Army in Springfield says $350,000 is still needed to meet this year's Tree of Lights campaign goal. At Costco, debit and credit donations are being accepted via Tap to Donate, cheques can be hand delivered or mail to the Salvation Army Kingston Citadel at 816 Centennial Drive, credit card donations can be made over the phone by calling 613-548-1600, ext. "To try to have enough bell ringers is always a struggle, and we always do better if they are volunteers", Capt. Denise Stewart said.

Bundled against the cold in a big red coat and blue ear muffs, the 80-year-old volunteer merrily greeted shoppers as they came and went. "We provide 50 families with a Thanksgiving dinner".

"I've got a crew starting at seven tomorrow, they'll run straight through to six, and we've got about 30 to 40 people per shift, we have three shifts, so you figure the math about 120 people", Bob Ilk, Christmas Family Feast lead chef, said.

"There are many families that are hurting", Wood said. "We do whatever we can to help people in emergencies".

"We were doing fine until about last week", Hughes said.

Last year, The Salvation Army provided over 2.4 million meals and helped almost half a million MA residents in need.

After Laramie's Salvation Army Thrift Store closed in 2016, she said there was about a six month timeframe when Laramie lacked a representative from the organization.

Businesses interested in hosting an Angel Tree next year are urged to contact the Grafton office of the Salvation Army at 304-265-3565.

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