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'...
The Zanesville Salvation Army is closed today (Tuesday)due to water line problems. But, officials say the organization will still be able to serve food later today. The Army says it will hand out sack lunches starting at 4:30 this afternoon.
More than 1,000 area kids have outfits to wear for the start of school.
The Salvation Army was able to provide five outfits to each child, from kindergarten through high school, and gave out more than 6,000 pieces of clothing.
"We also gave a lot of shoes this year. The shoe amount tripled. I don't think we were expecting that. We're thankful and glad that we had the shoes to give away. We even had a few leftover, " says Office Assistant Mindy McCloy.
More than 1,000 area kids are expected to walk through the Salvation Army's doors in Zanesville this Thursday and Friday.
The organization is holding its annual school clothing giveaway for those in kindergarten through high school. Tables are lined with thousands of items packed on top of each other, and the staff say thanks to generous donations from the community, each child will get to pick out five outfits.
"I think the people of Zanesville should hold their heads up...