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Salvation Army provides Christmas gifts for hundreds of Knoxville families

17 December 2017

The Grinch stole Christmas from a storeroom at the Killeen Salvation Army Family Store. In the 1970s mints produced millions of them, he said.

"We are actually ahead from this time previous year, so as far as I can tell people are definitely giving more".

"The decrease in donations is a concern", said Salvation Army Quad Cities coordinator Major Scott Shelbourn.

"Calgarians are always very generous, they always come through for us, and we're still counting on this last week push to help us get to our target", said Martin. That is a daunting number, but it will allow us to provide far more than food and shelter to those in need in our community.

"Now we're asking our community to help us reach our goal financially".

"Their collective success should remind us that although Christmas in the 21st century can feel like a somewhat secular festival, the British public still have a great deal of faith in the power of Christian charities to do good and useful work, in the United Kingdom and beyond", the report notes. About 200 will go to special needs groups such as the South Okanagan Similkameen Brain Injury Society in the morning and in the afternoon another 200 will go to the singles who registered earlier.

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Donations will be accepted Saturday from 8am-5pm and again on Monday from 8am-5pm at the Salvation Army parking lot on Park Avenue in Meadville.

"About half the singles are seniors", said Leslie.

"Just seeing the smiles on people giving".

"We're hoping that we won't have to cut programming, but it's just, until we sit down and actually revise the budget, we don't know", Wicke said. Christmas is the ultimate joyful holiday and a great, traditional way to end your year! "Often times, people get irritated about all the commercialization of this time of year". Their 2017 Kettle Campaign is lagging behind last year's tally at this time.

Packing and distribution will continue next week and will include hampers going out to small families Tuesday and the final day, Wednesday, larger families will receive theirs.

Salvation Army provides Christmas gifts for hundreds of Knoxville families