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Salvation Army will ‘Bring Christmas Back to the Table’

A great part of the upcoming holiday season is all about “caring and sharing.”

Local volunteers with the Salvation Army have stepped up to organize “Bring Christmas back to the Table,” a program that will provide Christmas dinner boxes and games for many locals in need since Operation Helping Hand will not be organizing food boxes or a toy drive this year.

Beginning Nov. 29 there will be a large barrel at the entry to City Market where specific Christmas Box food donations can be placed.

A drop box will also be located in the gym at Our Savior Lutheran Church, just south of U.S. 160 on Meadows Drive.

When you purchase items for your own Christmas dinner, please consider purchasing duplicates and dropping them off at one of these two locations.

The items that will be included in the Christmas dinner boxes this year are canned green beans and yams, cranberry sauce, boxed stuffing mix, instant potatoes, brownies and Christmas candy. A turkey will also be purchased and placed in each box. (If you are donating these items directly from your own kitchen, please check for expiration dates.)

If you prefer to make a monetary donation for these items, a check can be mailed to Salvation Army, P.O. Box 1657, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147. Several local churches will provide special donation envelopes for anyone who wishes to make a donation towards the turkeys and “extras” For our local families in need.

The Christmas Boxes will also include wrapped games for the families to enjoy together. This part of the project is in lieu of the angel trees that were in place at several locations in the past. If you wish, you may designate your donation specifically for board games when you make a cash donation.

Julie Church (264-4465) is the contact for this program for the Salvation Army. She welcomes help from individuals of all ages as well as local organizations Please call her for more information and to volunteer.

Assistance will also be needed when all these boxes are assembled Dec. 15–18 at the County Extension Building on U.S. 84. Volunteers for this part of the process can also contact Julie at the above number.

Thank you in advance to all of you who will share in “Bring Christmas Back to the Table” to help bring the joy of the Christmas season to others. This is a hard time for many people and all who receive a Christmas Box will appreciate your thoughtfulness.