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Salvation Army Collects Donations Wednesday

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When the holidays arrive, many families in our area struggle to put meals on the table and presents under the tree.

But fortunately, there's also a lot of help in our local community.

The Salvation Army was set up all day at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa for its annual Turkey Drop. All the food and money collected go to families who need some help right now.

"I bought an extra turkey at Thanksgiving," says Kay Kurbers. "If you bought one you got one for a lower price, and I thought well, this will be nice to donate."

Volunteers with the Salvation Army made it pretty easy to donate. People pulled up in their vehicle, and the volunteers gladly took turkeys off folks' hands.

"Even if you're having tough times, it's good to help people who are less fortunate than you," says Cathy Penton, who donated a turkey to the Salvation Army.

It was cold and rainy outside, which could have kept quite a few people at home. The Salvation Army was hoping to receive 600 turkeys, but came with a little more than 300.

"The weather has not been cooperative with us," says Maj. Michael Zielienski with the Salvation Army. "It's okay because we believe in the generosity of this community."

This community has shown that generosity over and over again. Just ask the people who live in the area.

"We've been here awhile now and every time there's a need, people get out, even on a day like this, and do their part," says Brad Kenyon.

While the community donated, others were signing up for the Christmas Assistance Program. Toys for Tots and the Salvation Army are joining together to collect toys to distribute to kids in our area.

"I came out here to help my children have a blessed Christmas, and to be happy," says Meshell Walker, who signed up for the program.

500 people signed up Wednesday, and the lines were out the door. Families who can't afford gifts for their children this year, say they're grateful to have this program.

"It's been a hardship, but at the same time, I'm thankful that they have people like the Salvation Army to help us out," says Walker.

Written by Adam Rasmussen

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