Salvation Army takes on Thanksgiving

Salvation Army takes on Thanksgiving

Kerry Wise
November 24, 2017

"So you've got people from churches, you got people from schools, you've got families, and then you have individual people that just want to come out on Thanksgiving, you know to feel like they have some goal and to do something for people in need on the holiday", Rebecca Snapp, the community engagement assistant for Rochester's Salvation Army, said.

"We do all the trimmings", Staff Sargent Marc Scozzafava said.

Management at Belk in Waynesville declined to comment, citing corporate policy that prohibits them from speaking to the media.

Stopping to drop a few coins or a bill into the familiar Salvation Army's Red Kettle can make all the difference for someone in need. "So, we're a family; we open our doors to anybody". "But we've known them for the last 20 years", Cramer said.

"That was the best year we ever had, the community was wonderful, " she said.

Izquierdo stated that though Belk has never had a formal contract with The Salvation Army, there has been a longstanding tradition of allowing Salvation Army bellringers to stand outside of Belk stores.

The annual Thanksgiving lunch is at the Salvation Army location on Beasley Road in Jackson. To reserve a dinner or to have a dinner delivered call the church at 740-374-5606.

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Dawne Anderson, fundraising and promotions coordinator, said while their campaign hasn't changed, the situation they're helping certainly has.

"Even though the economy has begun to turn around, it still takes some time to do it", she said.

"Rather than compete with the numerous churches and non profit organizations serving meals on Thanksgiving day, we made a decision to provide meals the day before and the day after Thanksgiving to better support those in need of meals during the holidays", Kenady said. The campaign will run through December 23rd.

"We are about more than riding our motorcycles".

"We're meeting a lot of really interesting fun people", said volunteer Virginia Michel.

Ingram said they need volunteers to ring the bell Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. "We would never consider seeking funding for anything that would jeopardize critical funding for other nonprofits like Salvation Army that doing wonderful work in our community". Having volunteer bell ringers instead of paid ringers ensures that funds raised in the Red Kettle can be applied directly to local program needs. More volunteers mean less paid workers.

The instantly iconic sound of jingle bells is back out in the Nanaimo community.

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