Sign-ups for Christmas help are underway at the Salvation Army, and there's no sign of need in the metro letting up.
The organization reports, locally, the demand for their services is up 41-percent since 2009. A big part of that equation is children, with more than 10,000 served by holiday programs last year alone.
"We have the adopt-a-family program. We have Toyland. And we also have food vouchers for those people who don't have kids, or for seniors," said Tiffany McCowin who heads up Seasonal Services for the Salvation Army.
The sign-ups run from 9 a.m. to Noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to Noon Saturday. They will resume Monday, continuing through Friday, November 9th, the evening the Tree of Lights campaign is launched.
Among those looking for assistance this year is Jen Minshall. She's a mother of five, whose youngest, four-year-old Angelina, needed a kidney surgery a couple of years ago. Medical bills have made it tough for the family to get by day-to-day, let alone over the holidays. "My kids haven't really had Christmas in like three years," she said, "so it would mean the world to us."
The red kettle fundraising goal is $3.1 million over this holiday season, with those donations supporting local programs year-round.
The Salvation Army is also seeking bell ringers. People can call (402) 898-6000 or visit the links below to learn more.