DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) — In a letter to the media Captain Chris Bryant, with the Dothan Salvation Army, says a tradition that lasted 88 years will not happen this year. Bryant says the organization's Christmas efforts rely heavily on the canned food items the drive gathers.
For the last 88 years we have had a movie day food drive with the movie theaters. This year that
is not happening. This has placed us in a bad way. We usually collect over 5,000 canned food
items that we use for our Christmas food boxes for Angel Tree families and low income senior
citizens. We are in desperate need of those cans. This will impact what we are able to do this year.
Captain Chris Bryant
Dothan, AL Corps Officer
Office (334) 792-1911
In previous years, Carmike 6 opened their doors to a free movie with complimentary popcorn and drink if customers brought in a donation of canned food.
AMC says the equipment was not available in the theater this year to make the Movie Day Food Drive happen, but hope to continue the tradition in future years.
Regardless, the Salvation Army asks the community for help to supplement the loss this holiday season.
"Anybody, any organization can do a food drive for us,” says Captain Chris Bryant. “If you collect the food, call us, we'll come pick it up. We just need the food."
The Movie Day Food Drive results in nearly 40 percent of canned donations in December.