Appointments for holiday help being made at Salvation Army
COAL TOWNSHIP - The Salvation Army is making appointments for applications for Christmas assistance.
Although applications for Christmas assistance, in the form of food and/or toys, will not be accepted until later this month, those in need of assistance may call the headquarters at 644-0486 during working hours starting today to make an appointment to fill out an application.
Applications will be accepted by appointment only; no walk-ins will be accepted.
Applicants will be given a date and a time to fill out an application. Salvation Army officials stressed the importance of residents arriving at their scheduled time.
Appointments will start Tuesday, Oct. 22, and continue through Thursday, Oct. 24.
Maj. Tina Streck, commanding officer, said the need has grown each year over the past five years.
The Salvation Army provided approximately 600 Christmas boxes, including food and/or toys, in 2012.
Streck said the Salvation Army received no outside funding and the "need is great." She said the Salvation Army relies heavily on sales from the thrift store on Independence Street, Shamokin.
Streck said 30 to 35 members of the Salvation Army congregation tithe.
Judy Orner, social services director, said the Salvation Army has been serving an average of 200 clients a month this year.
"We were able to assist a few families with utility assistance, but we just don't have the money to do more," Orner said, adding that fire victims were helped also.
Henry Linton, board president, said the board will focus this year on the volunteer kettles. Ned Sodrick, board member, suggested during an earlier meeting that efforts be made to request service clubs, organizations and businesses to volunteer.
Sodrick suggested signs be made to display near the kettles noting the club, organization or business volunteering.
New members inducted into the advisory board during the September meeting were Jan Diorio, who said he was very familiar with the Salvation Army during his younger years; Garry Knapp, HVAC technician at Knoebels Amusement Resort, and John Murdock, of Elysburg, administrative assistant at M&T Bank.
Attending the September meeting were Streck, Orner, Murdock, Diorio, Knapp, Knoebel, Linton, Bill Richie, Paul Metrocavage and Janice Kotwica.
Next meeting of the advisory board will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, at the Salvation Army, West Spruce Street.
Advisory board members were treated to their annual summer picnic at Knoebels Amusement Resort, hosted by Buddy Knoebel, co-owner and an advisory board member.
A duck drop will be held at the log flume ride at Knoebels Amusement Resort in early summer. There will be several races during the drop, and those who purchase tickets need not be present. Chairing the "duck drop" committee will be Knoebel, Brian Persing and Chris Venna, board members.
During the summer picnic, the board accepted a financial donation from the American Legion Auxiliary in Kulpmont.