Thanksgiving has come and gone, and now it is that time of year when the Salvation Army kicks into full holiday mode
As many know, the Salvation Army provides holiday assistance to those families who meet the criteria each year, which includes providing gifts and canned food goods in some cases.
Donna Christian, Director of the Elberton Salvation Army Branch, talked about some of the higher priority items her branch needs for this year.
“This time of year, toys are always a good thing. We prefer new toys, but we have given used toys before, but I don’t like to do that”, said Christian. “The age group that is hardest for us to collect for is eight to twelve year old boys. That seems to be the case every year.”
Christian said that some good gifts to get that age group include wallets, cologne, board games, and arts and craft supplies.
Christian said that this year the number of applications for aid was down a bit, but that was probably due to stricter criteria for accepting applications.
“Our requests were actually down, and I think the reason for that is that we are asking that they provide documentation now”, said Christian. “We had probably 125-135 applications this year, but we don’t know how many are going to be approved or disapproved at this time, but we are currently working on that.”
Another area the Salvation Army needs help in, said Christian, is bell ringers. To volunteer as a bell ringer, you can contact the Salvation Army at (706) 283-1804.