A warm home is something many of us take for granted.
Every winter the Salvation Army's homeless shelter in Zanesville is packed with people trying to escape from the cold weather. Case Manager Karen Walker said the shelter has 35 beds for men, women and families seeking a temporary place to live. She said the ultimate goal is to help people get back on track, and the shelter has a high success rate of placing people in permanent homes and jobs.
Charitable organizations receive extra help during the holiday season, but donations are needed throughout the year.
Terina Saxton of the Salvation Army said she's relieved the Christmas dinner and clothing distribution day were both successful, but it's already time to start focusing on what's next for the organization. Saxton is asking everyone to drop off unwanted items that may have been replaced by Christmas gifts.
Christmas is delivered for nearly 1,000 families on Friday afternoon.
The Salvation Army of Muskingum, Morgan and Perry Counties distributed toys, clothing and meals to families in need.
"It's a good feeling for us because we know we're helping the community," said Major Ralph Campbell. '"Sometimes we get to see the child go through with mom and dad and say "Oh, look at that," and "Oh I want that."
The Salvation Army is helping 1,200 children have a happier Christmas.
Clothing and toys will be distributed on Friday, but the organization is asking for more donations. Captain Diane Campbell said not all families can afford to give their kids the Christmas they deserve.
"This helps them to provide toys for Christmas that they may not be able to do for their children because their money is split or the income has been cut," said Campbell.
The Salvation Army of Zanesville is still looking for food and toy donations this holiday season.
Donations are down from last year's holiday drive. Normally, a box of food would last for about a week, but coordinator, Joyce Krouskoupf said that a week's worth of food may only last some families a couple of days.
"Everybody is in need pretty much this year," said Krouskoupf. "The ones that have been helping us this year, they're the army behind the army...
The holidays are right around the corner, and The Salvation Army in Muskingum County is asking for your help filling Christmas baskets for those in need.
Major Ralph Campbell says The Salvation Army is providing food baskets for over 1200 families this Christmas season. Food items such as mixed vegetables, macaroni & cheese, and canned pasta are just a few of the items still needed. Campbell says donations from organizations, like the Ohio National Guard, are vital.
If you were listening to our very own Z-92 Saturday morning, you probably hear Christmas Music, it might seem a little early in the season but it was all for a good cause.
The Zanesville Jaycee's partnered with the Salvation Army for their annual C-Day. Residents could call in to the WHIZ Studios, donate gently used items, canned goods or other non perishable items and the Jaycees would come to your door step to pick them up.