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Salvation Army seeks donations, volunteers

In the gospel of Matthew, Jesus reminds us that we serve him when we serve others!

This Christmas season, you can partner with local volunteers of the Salvation Army to “ring in the season.”

We need volunteers to ring bells, as well as purchase, gather and distribute gifts and food for the 400 families who are expected to register for assistance this Christmas.

Families that need assistance can register for a Christmas food box and Angel Tree gifts up to Dec. 2, at The Nurturing Center, 802 Rosita St., on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (970) 507-7093, or at the Department of Human Services at Town Hall Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 264-2182. Some limitations apply, please read the registration instructions carefully.

The Angel Tree displays will appear at City Market, Alco and Old Town Market on Nov. 21. Instructions will be supplied concerning what, where, when and how to purchase and drop off your Angel Tree gifts.

As much as you are able, please support our local retailers.

Food items can be purchased and placed in the red barrel that will be next to an Angel Tree Display. We are gathering the usual Christmas meal — boxed or canned items, stuffing, cranberries, green beans, corn, potatoes and desserts. We will purchase the turkeys.

Distribution of meals and gifts will take place on Dec. 17 at Our Savior Lutheran Church, located at the corner of Meadows Drive and U.S. 160. Please, do not drop off gifts or food at the church; there are volunteers who are coordinating the transportation of gifts and food at set times to the distribution center.

If you have any questions, contact Carla Elliott at 749-6514, Lily Tarbet at 507-7093 or Anna Harbison at 264-6957.

November 21 is also the same day you will begin to hear those old familiar bells. The bell ringing we do over the Christmas holiday provides funds for emergency needs throughout the following year, providing for such things as prescriptions, medical expenses, meals, emergency housing, medical-related travel expenses, clothing, infant supplies and much more.

The work of the Salvation Army is only a reflection of the heart of those who support their ministry and work. Many hands make light work and we are counting on your generosity again this year to make this Christmas miracle happen.

We can’t do this without your help. We need help with all phases of this project from now until distribution day on Dec. 17. Call the numbers listed above to volunteer.

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