“You’re also helping the whole family”, she said.
“We are just the avenue of the generosity of this community”, Repass said.
Donations to the Salvation Army are doubled from now until the end of the year under a matching program funded by businesses and others in the community, most of whom remain anonymous.
“We are slightly ahead of where we were previous year which is fantastic news, but our campaign is one day shorter” Mac Kenzie said. There are others who have someone who will let them come in to sleep on the floor or couch, he said. If you have any new unwrapped toys that could be donated, they would much appreciate them.
The drive was instead hosted at the Salvation Army church this year over three days, which made the event more personable and saved the organization money, according to staff. All families being helped are in need during the holidays.
More than 430 food boxes and 11,000 toys were distributed to families in Elyria and Lorain and Salvation Army service units in Wellington, Oberlin and Grafton.
Each November, families requiring some support for Christmas attend the Salvation Army and register to be part of the Sharing Christmas Program. If you need help for this holiday season with food or presents, please call The Salvation Army at 541-389-8888.
The non-profit organization also wants to remind everyone that hunger and poverty know no season, so the help you give now can make a difference for months to come. So far this year between food/toy hampers and gift cards they have helped nearly 1,500 people. “We still have to raise about $20,000 to meet our goal in Everett”. My family and I have been so very blessed, and we are so grateful!
But Saderia Morman, the executive director for the Salvation Army of Walker County, doesn’t think that will have a big effect on reaching the goal.