Salvation Army’s Christmas efforts underway

As another Christmas seasons approaches, your support of the Salvation Army is very encouraging.
Because of your generosity, people’s lives are being changed. . . .
“I never thought it could happen to me. And before Christmas! My husband was only 37, and seems so healthy. Now he’s gone. I miss him so much.
“Thankfully, the Salvation Army was there to see us through—me and my boys. The hamper full of food, the toys—someone to talk to.
“And after Christmas, they helped me to find a job so I could support my family.”
Thanks to the kindness of good friends, the Salvation Army meets human need at its deepest. Feeding the hungry, providing clothes, and sheltering the homeless is how we keep desperate people alive today—so tomorrow we can help them find real solutions to their problems.
There are many ways you can help spread Christmas joy in our community and district:
This year, the annual Fort Frances Christmas Teddy Bear drop-off will be on Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the Memorial Sports Centre.
The annual Santa Claus Parade will be held Friday, Dec. 2. By bringing non-perishable food items and toys to donate during the parade, you can help to fill Christmas hampers that will go to the less fortunate.
Don’t forget, we’re the ones with the red buckets!
And on Saturday, Dec. 3, we will have the first Salvation Army “Santa Shuffle” in our community starting at 10:30 a.m. at the Salvation Army headquarters.
It will be a run or walk for 1.1 km.
Help the pledges, come with your family, and have extra fun during this Christmas efforts 2005.
If you see our Christmas kettles at different stores or banks during the holidays, help out by donating a little loose change to help us help others.
Every little bit helps—and 100 percent of the donations made to these kettles will go directly to helping the people in our own community.
Meanwhile, we still are looking for sponsors for both the “Adopt-a-Family” and “Sponsor-a-Family” programs, which are designed to assist families whose finances cannot support the added costs that Christmas can bring and/or families that are facing some sort of crisis at this time of year.
For those of you who would like to donate some of your time to our Christmas efforts this year, there are ways you can help out, too.
We will need volunteers to help put together Christmas hampers. And if you’d like to man a kettle for a few hours, through your business or personally, or if you would like to help out in any other way, give us a call at 274 3871, fax us at 274 0761, or e-mail us at salarmy@jam21.net
Those of you who want to apply for a hamper can stop by the Salvation Army on Nov. 28 and take home a registration form. Please return the form, with the proper information and signature, on Nov. 30.
(Don’t forget to bring along photo identification for adults and proper identification for children).
Christmas can be a very difficult time for many, not just financially but spiritually, as well. I urge you to please send your most generous gift today and help us make this Christmas special for families in need.
Christ is the reason for this special season.

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