The Salvation Army in Zanesville wrapped up its food, toy and clothing distribution day, helping hundreds of families this holiday season.
Captain Diane Campbell says the past two days were an overall success and cannot thank the community enough for their support.
"This is our sixth Christmas here and this is our smoothest. It just seems to be people are coming in, we have a lot of volunteers that are here giving their time to help the clients come through and help them...
The Salvation Army kicked off the first part of their holiday give a way Thursday.
The building on Putnam Avenue had an army of some 40 volunteers assisting those in need as they came in to pick up their food baskets.
"We actually get started in september to start preparing for this and we have anywhere between 5 and 6,000 volunteer hours just getting ready for distribution day," says Christmas Coordinator Joyce Krouskoupf.
The bitterly cold temperatures are making it hard for the homeless but a local emergency shelter is offering a warm place to stay.
The Salvation Army shelter offers individuals living in Muskingum, Perry, and Morgan County with a 90 day stay. If you are a resident outside of those three counties, the shelter offers a one night stay. Shelter manager, Karen Walker, says recently the increase in occupancy has been significant.
Two local organizations are teaming up this holiday season to help fight hunger.
The Salvation Army along with one new State Farm agency in Zanesville are kicking off a month long canned food drive in hopes of not only raising awareness of the less fortunate around the holidays, but to come together as a community and help those in need.
"I feel so honored to be able to do this because i am helping those in the community where i do business, where my own family lives...
It's been a busy month for the Salvation Army in Zanesville.
There's been a significant increase in the number of people staying at the shelter, including more first-timers and families. The staff say they believe the cold weather and the economy are the main contributing factors.
"It gets to the point where do you make the rent payment, do you make the mortgage payment, or do you keep your gas, electric, and water on? And people are struggling, " says Shelter Manager,...
It's a familiar sound that emerges around this time of year.
The Salvation Army is setting up for its annual six-week donation period.
"Some people don't like that bell. It gets on their nerves, but it really draws attention. So, the bell and the kettle is what the Salvation Army, represents us, " says Captain Dianne Campbell of the Salvation Army.
There are currently seven kettles set up around the area, but that number will jump to 17 after Thanksgiving. The...
The deadline is fast approaching if your child needs a coat for the upcoming winter season.
Parents have until Thursday to register for the Salvation Army's Coats for Kids event. The staff need to take down the child's name and coat size so it can go shopping for the outerwear next week. Then the parents will bring their kids in next Thursday to pick-up their coats.
"The kids are so happy. They get a new coat. Sometimes it's the first time they even get a new coat, and they'...