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Chillicothe News - Chillicothe, MO
  • Salvation Army in need of food, toys

  • Donations are still being accepted for The Salvation Army’s Food for the Needy Program. Donations are down from last year’s numbers, according to Salvation Army Major Faye Flanagan.
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  • Donations are still being accepted for The Salvation Army’s Food for the Needy Program.
    Donations are down from last year’s numbers, according to Salvation Army Major Faye Flanagan. As of Thursday afternoon, 5,051 pounds of food had been collected. This includes 1,014 pounds from the donation boxes at Hy-Vee and Piggly Wiggly, 3,241 pounds from Chillicothe High School and 790 pounds from Grand River Technical School. Flanagan said last year’s Food for the Needy food drive garnered approximately 11,000 pounds.
    Food for the Needy, a collaborative effort between the Constitution-Tribune and the city’s grocers, helps families put food on the table during the holiday season. Flanagan said The Salvation Army has more than 250 families signed up to receive food baskets this year.
    While The Salvation Army does bulk up donation efforts during the holiday season, Flanagan said the pantry needs replenished throughout the year.
    “At Christmas, we do help a few more families,” Flanagan explained. “Our food pantry is open all year long. It seems like we always need food. We’re always running low on food — canned goods, dry goods and things like that.”
    In addition to the food baskets, The Salvation Army also accepts new toys for families with children.
    “This year our toy drive has been kind of slow,” Flanagan said. “We’re hoping this weekend we’ll receive more toys so we’re able to help more children. We try to give a couple toys to every kid that we help. There’s still a great need for toys.”
    The Salvation Army’s annual Angel Tree program also assists in the collection of new toys and other items for children. At all of the Angel Tree donations, trees are adorned with Salvation Army tags. The ages and clothing sizes of area children are written on the card. Angel Tree locations include On The Spot, The Worx, Walgreen’s, Citizen’s Bank and Trust, Chillicothe State Bank and The Salvation Army Thrift Store.
    For more information on Food for the Needy, Angel Tree or the Red Kettle Drive, contact The Salvation Army at 660-646-3538.

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