Farmington donor provides meat for Salvation Army's Christmas dinner food boxes

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A gold coin was left in a Salvation Army kettle in Daphe, along with a note. No matter the wish written on angel-shaped tags, the Salvation Army handed out thousands of gifts to more than 400 Tehachapi children and their families Wednesday morning as they waited in line at the Monroe High School gym.

As part of that, they helped put together fleece blankets for the Salvation Army and gave Major Jeff Richardson the finished products today.

Salvation Army officials are on track with donations heading into the home stretch of the red kettle campaign.

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Children who received toys came from families experiencing a range of problems, Brown said, from financial hardship to house fires. Families signed up over a two week time period in late November and early December.

"It's wonderful to get to know the families and get to know their needs and see the community meet those needs", agreed Lieutenant Arwyn Rodriguera with the Salvation Army. My family and I have been so very blessed, and we are so grateful!

The group's Christmas campaign funds its programs throughout the year, including offering food, clothing and other services to those in need. During this press conference, The Salvation Army will provide the public with the results of the Campaign so far. "But it is not too late to give and help your friends and neighbors right here in the Ozarks". Text message donations may also be sending the word "Bells" to short-code 91999. The last day kettles will be out is Saturday. In addition, you can text "SGF" to 41444 from your phone to make an online gift.

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