Hannibal Area Salvation Army Christmas Campaign Kick Off - Nov 6
Hannibal MO – As in years past, The Salvation Army canteen will once again be serving coffee and donuts to veterans prior to the Veterans Day Parade. The parade, being held on Saturday, November 6, will start at the Save-A-Lot parking lot. This is where veterans can find The Salvation Army’s canteen serving their time-honored tradition of donuts and coffee. Following the parade, at approximately 11:45am, everyone is invited to make their way to Central Park where The Salvation Army will kick off its Christmas campaign and announce this year’s goal. In addition to hearing from this year’s campaign chairs, attendees will enjoy hot cocoa and cookies, music by The Salvation Army Brass Band, and a special guest from the North Pole will be available for photos.
“The Salvation Army has deep ties with veterans,” stated Donor Relations Chad Douglas. Not only did Salvation Army Lassies serve donuts to soldiers in the trenches during World War I they also provided comfort, care, and donuts to American soldiers during World War II and beyond. “Each year the Veterans Day Parade give us the opportunity to once again serve our veterans. We thought honoring our veterans and kicking off our Christmas campaign following the parade simply went well together,” stated Douglas.
The Salvation Army provides a variety of programs and services to assist families in need in the counties of Marion, Ralls, Lewis, Monroe, and Shelby. Following are a few examples of ways The Salvation Army has given a hand up to our neighbors in need.
The Hannibal Salvation Army Family Services provided the following assistance this year:
3288 people were served by the daily bread line
692 food boxes were distributed
37 families received utility assistance
54 families received rent assistance
800 families received Christmas food boxes
1575 children received toys for Christmas
19,305 toys were distributed
Volunteers are an important part of the Christmas season and are needed to assist with many Christmas programs and activities, especially bell ringing. Please contact Jeremy Koren for more information about volunteer opportunities at 217-231-5633 or register to ring bells at RegisterToRing.com.