Published: Tue, November 21, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

Salvation Army Prepares for Increased Need

Salvation Army Prepares for Increased Need

The holidays have arrived when Roosevelt "Pop" Smith, a bell ringer for the Salvation Army, can be found at his usual post at the entrance of Hobby Lobby in Temple.

For thousands of families living in desperate need, poverty doesn't take a break at Christmas, says Salvation Army head of social services Major Pam Waugh. After spending time speaking with him it was easy to see why.

"People tell me I'm too old to hold a full-time job", he said.

A few red buckets went out about a week ago and people have been in a holiday mood and donating generously, Smith said.

The local goal for 2017 is to collect $60,000 and Midland Salvation Army representative Bill Preston believes it's a reachable target. But after running into a time crunch, he said they're taking a year to "reimagine how we can best use that symbol within the community".

If you're looking for a way to keep the focus on the true spirit of Christmas, local organizations have opportunities for you to help others.

"We will be operating kettles at Canadian Tire, LCBO, Sobeys and Terry's Independent Grocer on Fridays and Saturdays, and during the final week leading up to Christmas", said Lt. Kam Robinson. "When our kettles are out in the street, I think it reminds people to support our programs", Divisional Commander for the Salvation Army John Chamness said.

Here in Wausau, the Salvation Army has 18 total red kettle sites this year throughout Marathon County.

Breedlove said that aside from donations they need volunteers.

Volunteers are needed throughout November and December to help ring the bells.

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