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Many ways to help those in need

By KATE THURSTON - kthurston@newsexaminer.com

Helping out local families is important to Connersville. There are several ways to help during the Christmas season.

The local Salvation Army is hosting a toy drive, with collection barrels are at Walmart. The toys are to be new and unwrapped so they can be distributed properly.

In addition to the Angel Tree – where people pick a family to help with Christmas – and Toy Drive, the Salvation Army also provides holiday food boxes.

“In each box, we try to include a variety of fresh and canned foods, along with a ham or turkey and some hygiene and/or paper products,” Tara Henry-Madden, a Salvation Army advisory council member, said. “Boxes vary in quantity and size based on the number of persons in the household. While we do currently have some food we can use to pack these boxes, we are in need of additional food, hygiene items, and paper products and/or monetary donations to use for the boxes.”

Any group, organization or individual wishing to make a donation can do so by contacting Rachel Juaregui at the Salvation Army, 2:30-6 p.m. Monday through Friday, or by dropping the items off during those hours.

“Because we ask that the Angel Tree gifts be unwrapped, we will gladly accept donations of rolls of wrapping paper, bows, and tape, as we like to be able to send these items home with parents so that they can wrap their children’s gifts. We like to be able to send wrapping paper, bows, and tape home with parents so they can have a part in creating their child’s Christmas.”

Much help is needed to continue the holiday tradition of helping others, so the Salvation Army is looking for volunteers to help carry out the good deeds.

“We can use volunteers to help pack food boxes, and much more.”

For more information contact Jauregui at the Salvation Army 765-825-2011 or call Henry-Madden at 765-993-1138.