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Salvation Army Holiday Help
Tuesday, 22 December 2009

December 22--  Every year the Salvation Army in Vidalia tries to help people who need it for Christmas.  This year, Director Sandy Roberts says the demand is even greater because of the area's ten percent-plus unemployment rate.

"We've been overwhelmed this year.  We've had a lot more people sign up for Christmas, and not just Christmas, but help with everyday expenses like food and clothing," she reports.

Roberts says contributions to the Salvation Army in this area have been generous this year, but more people have also been calling in for help.  "Most Salvation Army offices have been down this year, but we've actually being doing good and I just appreciate everybody and how they've supported us over the last year," she says.

Roberts says their cash flow is very low right now and they need an infusion of merchandise which they can sell at discount prices in their store.  

"It's the end of the year and everybody cleans out after Christmas.  We can make income from their donations.  We take just about anything.  Clothes, furniture, almost anything as long as its usable," Roberts says.

The shelves in the Salvation Army food pantry are almost cleaned out and, according to Roberts, they'd appreciate donations of canned goods.

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