Topeka Salvation Army spreads holiday cheer

Topeka Salvation Army spreads holiday cheer

"Right now we have about 50 people signed up to ring bells and we could probably use 100 more". "That's what makes it such a very long process". This holiday season, The Salvation Army in Madison County will bring hope to many local families who desperately need a helping hand. On Tuesday, Christmas Angels were added to the Angel Tree near Santa's workshop at the Golden East Crossing mall and another Angel Tree was placed in the lobby of the Rocky Mount Telegram. "All money collected in Carteret County stays in Carteret County", said Lt. Lewis.

Toys and gifts were still provided for children under the age of 18. Whitaker suggested patrons of Christmas Angels buy a complete outfit for the child.

Salvation Army Public Relations Kay Worth says there's always a need, and it's wonderful to see children getting involved in giving.

One of the local industries taking part in the program is Akebono Brake, a company that manufactures brake pads for the automotive industry.

The annual breakfast gives business leaders in the city a chance to to learn about and support the various programs the Salvation Army provides.

He said his office gives out the turkeys on Monday, which gives them a few days to thaw out properly before being cooked for Thanksgiving.

"We were completely out yesterday", Martin said.

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"I couldn't believe it", Shepherd said.

"We have a much higher rate of homeless families in this community, whether it's short-term or long-term". The tree, decorations, and "angel tags" are provided.

"That's the big one", Shepherd said.

Last year, the Topeka Salvation Army served more than 19,500 meals to struggling families, individuals, the homeless and transients.

All of these programs benefit from kettle campaign donations. People may volunteer for 30 minutes or an hour, she said.

"We'll still be ringing the bell and people will be raising money for the good of our community".