Reader writes: Help the Salvation Army help others

November 1, 2013 

Salvation needs your help this holiday season

As the economy struggles to recover and unemployment remains high, the Salvation Army of Smithfield is sounding an urgent call to all of Johnston and Harnett counties to respond generously to the needs of the less fortunate this holiday season.

The Army is asking for immediate donations of cash, nonperishable food and volunteers to help during the holidays. This year alone, the Salvation Army will provide food baskets, clothing and toys to around 1,200 families and at least 4,500 children. We need your help to be able to assist those families who request our help. What greater way to show the love of Christ than by helping those in need with your love and generosity?

The costs of providing food to those in need in Johnston County are growing each year. The number of families finding themselves in desperate financial straits continues to increase. The need for compassionate support from the public is more essential than ever.

The economic situation has contributed to a drop in local donations. In fact, some who have been generous supporters in the past are now coming to our doors in need of help.

Many struggling individuals feel forgotten and disheartened as they approach the holiday season, but the Salvation Army believes the community will once again step forward and help those who need it most. We’ve been doing this work for more than 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. We urge our friends, those whose circumstances will allow, to dig deep this year to spread the spirit this holiday season to those who are facing particularly hard times.

To donate to the Salvation Army, please call 919-934-9102, or if you like, you can mail your gift to the Salvation Army, P.O. Box 805, Smithfield, NC 27577.

Lieutenant Leo Gagné

Commanding Officer

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