Fisk Johnson to match donations at Racine-area Salvation Army red kettles

Fisk Johnson to match donations at Racine-area Salvation Army red kettles

Salvation Army officials on Long Island say they have a shortage of donated toys this year.

Before Christmas, the Salvation Army will take part in two evangelistic outreach efforts by serving more than 400 hot beverages and meals, and because the holidays are hard for everyone, they'll also help families with utilities, clothing, rent and food from its Family Services office in addition to serving between 80 and 100 meals every Tuesday and Thursday out of the Salvation Army Soup Kitchen.

This year, The Salvation Army's Angel Tree program will serve more than 750 families with more than 1,650 children.

"We are just getting their information - the children's name and age - and just put them on a standby list", said Lt. Frenie Antoine. "That cut off oxygen to fuel the fire and it burnt itself out".

THERE'S A GRAVE CONCERN about the number of young people turning to the Salvation Army for assistance.

Some of those who gathered outside the Salvation Army's headquarters for the annual hamper distribution.

Along with all of the toys given, Tyson donated chickens for families.

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On Thursday, distribution hours will be from 9 a.m.to 4:30 p.m.

Another problem for The Salvation Army is the building itself.

"It's even affecting the Angel Tree (donations)", she said.

It is unknown at this time when operations can resume at the Meadville facility.

Tables piled high with toys, organized by age, are brought into the gym at the Salvation Army of York in canvas laundry carts as employees work alongside volunteers to sort through donations of new toys as they are dropped off. Monetary donations are also being accepted by staff at the trailer on site.

Keith Gushard can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at kgushard@meadvilletribune.com. Donations can also be submitted on the website www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/givebycheck through the end of the year to help meet the 2017 goal of $305,000.

Volunteers will man kettles every day except Sunday.

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