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Nonprofit looks toward holidays
For the Salvation Army of Brunswick, it is never too early to begin the season of giving, especially in view of the year the organization is having.

In early spring, the shelter announced that in order to continue operations for the rest of the year, it had to raise $140,000.

The shelter met that goal, says Salvation Army Capt. Michelle Lyles.

"Things are OK. We have received donations that have been able to sustain us," she said.

But in just under two months, on Nov. 1, the charity will begin a new fiscal budget year, and already the organization is getting an early idea of the amount of need that awaits it.

The first round of applications for the Angel Tree Program, one of two of the charity's holiday programs, could be an early indication of a repeat of 2011, when the Salvation Army responded to more than 600 requests.

Two hundred families signed up for assistance in the opening days of the application process. The program encourages residents to adopt an angel and purchase toys and essentials, including clothing, for the age and gender of the child specified. The gifts are delivered to recipients during the Christmas holidays.

"We only did three days of sign ups, and we expect to see more when we have sign ups again," Lyles said. "There will be many more people coming forward."

The shelter will accept applicants again Sept. 18-20.

The Salvation Army will start the Angel Tree Program and its annual Red Kettle Campaign Nov. 9. The Red Kettle Campaign assigns volunteers to dozens of locations throughout the holiday season to collect spare change and donations from shoppers.

"We're just down a little right now and are still looking for donations," Lyles said. "We really appreciate all people do for us and the donations we receive."

The Salvation Army also serves thousands of meals and provides shelter for more than 300 individuals every year, a daily program that continues to need funding.

The shelter is a partner organization of the United Way of Coastal Georgia, which funds its Emergency Assistance, Shelter and Transitional Housing and KARE Kitchen programs.

Donate

To donate to the Salvation Army or for more information about the Red Kettle Drive or Angel Tree Program, call the shelter at 265-9381.



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