Salvation Army Kettle Campaign struggling this year

Salvation Army Kettle Campaign struggling this year

Salvation Army Kettle Campaign struggling this year

STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER A donor drops cash into a Salvation Army kettle.

"The money that we do raise is very important for our Kettle Campaign to support the work we do downtown with our hampers, shelter and meal program".

The thief's bad behavior inspired Jones to replace the stolen money with a $200 donation.

Days after finding their first gold coin of the season, the Salvation Army - Alton Corps has struck gold again.

This year's Angel Tree program distributed gifts, including 225 new bicycles, to 859 children from 340 area families, said Capt. Philip Canning, co-area Salvation Army commander with his wife, Capt. Elaine Canning.

There has been a "spike in demand" this year and they are looking for volunteers to help them out during the critical final week.

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If you're thinking of giving, Salvation Army spokesperson Shannon Wise says the greatest need this year is for toys for kids up to two years old.

"Even if you have a dollar, just a dollar, it will mean so much because dollars add up", Jones said.

"There's a lot of folks here in town who have nothing, so we just put a little brightness in their Christmas", Ewing says. The gift will be allocated to the Salvation Army location nearest to the person's billing ZIP code. "We're always in need of volunteers", Wise said.

Workers from UPS were also there to help and also presented a $5,000 check to the Salvation Army that will help fund their efforts. "Many of the people we help do have jobs".

This weekend, she said, members of the Hazleton Rotary Club will volunteer at Walmart, while the Hazleton Kiwanis Club will be at Gould's supermarket in Sugarloaf Twp. For details, contact Bill Horrell, director of development for The Salvation Army, Quad Cities, at 563-324-4808.

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