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Salvation Army seeing generosity despite economy

December 08, 2008|By MARLO BARNHART

HAGERSTOWN - Despite the uncertain economy, The Salvation Army in Hagerstown said Monday that people are still recognizing the needs of those who are struggling the most to put food on the table and presents under the tree this holiday season.

"We're on pace now," as of Monday, Major Robert Lyle said. "Our direct-mail response and the kettles are up slightly."

There are still some unclaimed "angels" on the angel tag trees in area stores, Lyle said.

People can participate in the angel tag program, which is available at Kmart, Wal-Mart and Valley Mall. People may purchase toys for a child by age and gender, and may request a toy to be distributed just before Christmas.

The Salvation Army also works with the Marine Corps League's Toys for Tots program each year.

Monetary donations to The Salvation Army may be used to purchase food items. Nonperishable food also may be donated to the agency.

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Lyle said Monday that the food for the annual holiday distribution on Dec. 22 at the former McCrory's building in Long Meadow Shopping Center has been bought and toys are still coming in.

Volunteers keep people coming through the distribution stations at a rate of about 80 an hour.

Churches, clubs, companies and individuals may call 301-733-2440 to find out how they can help or to be matched with a family in need.

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