Salvation Army’s Christmas Needs

By: Rayne McKenzie
By: Rayne McKenzie

The Salvation Army is seeing more people and businesses giving this holiday season than ever before.

The Salvation Army is working with the community to assist those in need this holiday season. The organization is collecting food, clothing and money at local businesses around town to meet its goals.

"We give out what we get in and the more we can give out as far as food the better. So this is just great," said Captain Mark Gilliam of Salvation Army.

A major undertaking for the Salvation Army is the Angel Tree Program, which allows more than 1,200 children to receive gifts on Christmas morning.

Salvation Army Corps Officer Becky Gilliam said, "I am pleased with the Angel Tree Program. Just before I could get ready to send them out I had groups calling to help."

The overwhelming number of volunteers this year is allowing the Salvation Army to exceed last year’s donation collections; however, they are starting to receive calls from people suffering from the cold.

"When the weather gets cooler our phones start ringing and [people] ask for space heaters and coats,” Gilliam says.

The last day to turn in Angel Tree donations is December 11th, to give the Salvation Army time to separate out the gifts and get them to children in time for Christmas.

If you are interested in participating in the Angel Tree Program you can pick up an angel at the Wiregrass Commons Mall or you could donate food or clothing to the Salvation Army office on Bell Street in Dothan.


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