Salvation Army Officials Hope Donations Will Increase Soon

By: Peter O'Connor Email
By: Peter O'Connor Email

Salvation Army officials hope the donations will pour in during the final week before Christmas.

Officials say besides the money, there is another way they could help more families right now.

Salvation Army officials say the demand for Thanksgiving and Christmas food boxes are on the rise, but some in need are trying to get more than their fair share.

The Salvation Army is like most non-profit organizations, they want to help people and that is what they did Thursday in Perry County.

They gave dozens of families a turkey dinner for Christmas.

“Because the demand it just keeps growing. You know and it is sad but there is going to be a lot of people without this Christmas, Elisha Morris said.

But Elisha Morris says some are actually getting more than they should while others are going without.

Nearly 150 families received a turkey dinner this year, but Morris says he could help even more families but some are double dipping.

“They are double dipping and that is what hurts us. We can't meet the demand for the ones that really need it because some people work the system,” Morris said.

Morris says he plans to meet with several local churches and non-profits sometime in January in hopes of creating a new system with checks and balances.

“If they were signed up from a church to get one, then we would not give them one so see that would stop that double dipping because we had some people at Thanksgiving that did that,” Morris said.

Morris says he is always willing to help, but he wants to make sure everyone gets a fair share of holiday cheer.

The next challenge the Salvation Army will face is having enough appliances to hand out.

Morris says he hopes people that get new toasters and microwaves for Christmas would consider donating their old ones.

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