Salvation Army needs donations as holidays near

Saying local support is not keeping up with demand, the director of Salisbury’s Salvation Army is “sounding an urgent call” for donations to help fill 2,000 Christmas food baskets for the needy.

“The Army is asking for immediate donations of cash, non-perishable food and volunteers,” Major Vic Tidman said.

“We need $5,000 just to cover the costs of providing food to those in need on the Lower Eastern Shore this holiday season,” he stated.

The organization will distribute holiday baskets Dec. 22 and 23, and also provide assistance during November and December.

“The need for compassionate support from the community is more essential than ever,” Tidman said.

“The number of families finding themselves in desperate financial straits continues to increase in our local communities. We know people have been seriously affected by the deep recession over the past few years, and we are grateful to generous friends who have provided faithful support for those struggling to make ends meet,” Tidman said.

“It is particularly sad for us to see the growing numbers of families with children who have lost their homes and are now needing our help,” he said, adding local donations have decreased so that some formally generous supporters “are now coming to our doors in need of help themselves.”

“We’ve been doing this work for over 100 years so we’re not going to turn away any deserving neighbor now. The Salvation Army plans on doing the most good we can with the gifts we receive to help those in the greatest need in our community,” he said.

“We urge our friends, those whose circumstances will allow, to dig deep this year to spread the spirit of thanksgiving to those who are facing particularly hard times,” he said.

To help, call 410-749-7771; mail a check to 407 Oak Street, Salisbury, Md., 21804; donate online at salarmyles.org; or text “Give” to 410-202-0995.

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