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Salvation Army opens applications for holiday boxes

October 10, 2018

The Salvation Army offers Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets to families who are in need of food during the holidays.

The application process began Monday and folks can request baskets through Nov. 8, said Lieutenant Steven Dahl. Dahl and his wife, Jessica, recently took over the assignment at the North Platte Salvation Army and are looking to get things rolling.

“In the past, we’ve helped up to 500 families per holiday,” Dahl said. “This year we are looking to stay around the 250-300 mark (for each holiday) to stay within our budgetary boundaries.”

This year, Dahl said some changes have been made in the application process.

“Some of the differences this year are that we do have some qualifications for this program due to budgetary constrictions,” Dahl said. “We want to try to do everything we can, but we do have limits like everyone else.”

Applicants will need to bring a photo ID, Social Security card or equivalent for everyone in the family being reported as being in the household, Dahl said.

“They will need something to show a current address and something to confirm dates of birth,” Dahl said. “We have some income guidelines, so proof of their income is also necessary.”

Office hours are 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays at the Salvation Army, 1020 N. Adams Ave.

Distribution will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 20 for Thanksgiving baskets and on Dec. 19 by appointment for Christmas baskets.

“If there are questions or concerns, we’re more than happy to work with people depending on their situation as far as cards are concerned,” Dahl said.

He said people can call the office at 308-532-2038, not only to ask about the application process, but also to get involved with the volunteer program.

“We always say people are more than welcome to donate their time, talent or treasure,” Dahl said. “Their time — we can always use volunteers for both (Thanksgiving and Christmas).”

He said people can sign up for one-time or ongoing volunteer donation of their time.

“We also can take corporate groups if they want to come in,” Dahl said. “They would be more than welcome.”

For the treasure part, Dahl said people can donate items or money toward offsetting the costs associated with the program.

“There will be more information as to Toy Drive locations when we get a little closer to that,” Dahl said. “If people want to get involved, they can call the same phone number.”

He said they will need help with the annual Red Kettle drive and will soon advertise for both volunteer and paid bell ringers.

“We’re just going to try to hit Christmas in full stride and make our goal this year, hopefully,” Dahl said. “We’re going to try to make that stretch into the coming year to help people with whatever” they may need help with.

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