Elmira Salvation Army opens sign-ups for holiday food & toy basket programs

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ELMIRA, N.Y. (WETM) – The Elmira Salvation Army will be having sign-ups for its holiday food and toy basket programs starting October 19th.

“I would just encourage anybody who you know who is looking for it. A little extra help to contact us,” said organizer Major Stanley Newton.

Families in need can sign up from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. between October 19th-22nd at 414 Lake Street in Elmira. Working families can sign up next Tuesday, October 26th from 5 to 6 p.m.

“For the most part, I would say 99.999% folks who come for assistance, qualify…We usually go through with USDA guidelines as far as what poverty is considered,” said Major Newton.

Every year the Elmira Salvation Army provides toys and clothes for those who might be on a tight budget and can’t afford to buy gifts around the holidays. Organizer major newton says the pandemic has made these times even harder.

“Especially these past two Christmases it’s been even harder on families… and even those who have been laid off and don’t have jobs that because of COVID,” said Major Newton.

The Elmira Salvation Army is also looking for additional help in their Red Kettle program during the holidays.

“We are looking for churches, community groups, businesses, anybody who would like to man a kettle for some hours a day and adopt and take a kettle for a certain day of the week,” said Major Newton. “Whatever they would be willing to give, we would gladly be thankful in having them do that.”

The kettle kickoff for the Red Kettle program is scheduled for Friday, November 19 at the Arnot Mall. The kickoff will start at 6 PM.

For more information and to contact the Elmira Salvation Army, you can contact the Elmira Salvation Army office at 607-732-0314 or email Major Stanley Newton at stanley.newton@usc.salvationarmy.org.

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