Salvation Army serves local families in need

Javier Howell
December 23, 2017

The Salvation Army's goal is to raise $440,000 as part of their annual Christmas campaign, which includes its Christmas Kettle Campaign.

"It's very crucial to have the money raised this time of year because it doesn't just affect our Christmas work, it also affects the work we do all year round".

The red kettles will be out today and Christmas Eve.

"The Salvation Army needs your help in achieving this goal so that we may continue to provide hope to those in need within our community, especially during the winter months", reads the release.

"We match their kettle drive on two Saturdays in December, so this year we matched $25,000", said Mike. "But it is not too late to give and help your friends and neighbors right here in the Ozarks".

Pavlakis, who worked with the organization for 14 years, says he has not seen anything like this. The Salvation Army distributed food to 8,205 individuals previous year.

"We were doing fine until about last week", Hughes said.

"Clothes, coats, gloves, toys, Barbie dolls", explained Rosie Mahaffey, a grandparent of one of Salvation Army's Angels. Hughes said statewide, 30 to 40 percent of kettle campaigns have been struggling with donations.

This year almost 600 hundred children were sponsored throughout the Mid-Ohio Valley and will be full of excitement on Christmas day.

Having dedicated most of her life to serving people either as a police officer or through Albany County School District No. 1, O'Mara said volunteering with the Salvation Army came naturally. Although they haven't been appraised yet, Hughes said together they could garner about $500.

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