Salvation Army needs your help this holiday season


The Salvation Army needs your help to feed the less fortunate this holiday season.ABILENE, Texas -

Every year, the Salvation Army in Abilene prepares more than 700 meals on Thanksgiving and Christmas for people in the community, like first responders and the homeless. However, a week before Thanksgiving their walk-in refrigerator broke.

KTXS aired the story days before Thanksgiving and that’s when the community stepped in. Refrigerators were donated along with monetary donations fix the walk-in refrigerator. Because of the community, the Salvation Army was able to put on their Thanksgiving dinner. "The public just came together and supported us financially with prayers and checking to see what we needed. It was fantastic. All these weeks later here we are, our walk-in is fixed. It just got fixed [Wednesday]," said Shelley Futrelle with the Salvation Army.

Futrelle is hoping the community can now help them fill the refrigerator with food.

"We run into kind of another issue and I hate to keep asking and asking, but right now we don't have any food at all for Christmas lunch," Futrelle said. "So, we have a wonderful walk in fridge we're so thankful for that, but now we have to fill it up." Donations are accepted on their website or in person at 1726 Butternut St. Futrelle says they don’t have any food for Christmas yet and would like to serve ham, yams and more.

Volunteers at the Salvation Army are hoping food and monetary donations pour in, so they can serve meals to the community this Christmas.

The Salvation Army also needs help with their Angel Tree program. They have 70 angels out of 3,000 left on their tree that need to be chosen soon.

If you'd like to get a gift for a child in need, visit the Mall of Abilene or the Salvation Army. The deadline to turn your gifts in is this Saturday. Gifts can be turned in at the Abilene Convention Center, Mall of Abilene or the Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army plans to distribute the toys on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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