The Salvation Army emergency shelter made Christmas a little more special for several individuals.
The emergency shelter at The Salvation Army welcomed around 16 individuals through their doors on Christmas. Shelter Manager Karen Walker says there has been an average amount of people coming in and out of the shelter over the holidays, but soon, they will see an increase in numbers.
"We should see a pick up in individuals coming in over the next couple of weeks....
The Salvation Army wants to thank the community for their generosity this holiday season.
Office Assistant Mindy McCloy says The Salvation Army was able to service 1800 children, providing 7200 gifts. McCloy says before Christmas, donations were down so they didn't know how they were going to fill their annual Christmas baskets. But with the community's help, they were able to fill all 2300 baskets.
"We did put a plea out to the community and they came through....
The Salvation Army is also teaming up with The United Way to offer tax help to those who qualify.
The United Way will be offering training at The Salvation Army in the upcoming two weeks. Case Manager Karen Walker says for the first time, The Salvation Army will now be able to prepare taxes for those who meet the income criteria.
"It's always wonderful when agencies work together because again, we can't stand on our own. It takes the whole community to meet the...
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.