Today families got a chance to see a free movie at Davis Theater in Dothan in exchange for some canned goods... But this is just the beginning.
630 people came in today, which means at least 600 cans of food. But cans from movie day alone aren't going to cut it for this holiday season.
The Salvation Army helped more than 1200 families last year, and this year more than 2000 have applied for help.
"The food pantry is starting to get a little bare. It's that need of the season and it’s starting to get cold and people need more warmth and food. You cannot stretch it as much as you can in the summer." Says Lieutenant Jonathan Howell of the Salvation Army
This Christmas is the first one in Dothan for new lieutenants Jonathan and Anita Howell... But they are following in the footsteps of year’s past- planning the Salvation Army’s annual fund raisers including the 5 k race, poker run, and bike drive.
"We're looking to see what Dothan usually does with the Salvation Army and next year we are hoping to plan some new events." Says Howell
And of course, you can see bell ringers spread out across the Wiregrass taking donations for the cause this season.
"The bell ringers themselves are doing well bearing the cold weather out there, but donations are steady and we are hoping to see more donations as the Christmas season kicks in. It’s still a little early." Says Howell
Some families are depending on the Salvation Army for thanksgiving dinner as well, and to keep the shelves full, local schools will be collecting canned goods throughout the Christmas season.
This was the 71st annual movie day for Davis theatres in Dothan.
The bike and poker run will take place at Harley Davidson in Dothan on December 6th.
If you are pressed for time this holiday season, there are some simple ways you can help.
Many children still need to be adopted as part of the angel tree program at the wiregrass commons mall... And food items are always welcome at the Salvation Army office on Bell Street in Dothan.