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Salvation Army in Pa. seeks food, gifts for Christmas feast

December 19, 2011

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The Salvation Army Christmas Dinner committee continues to prepare for the big dinner it serves Christmas Day.

Committee members have been collecting food and presents for those who either need a meal delivered or who will come to the door of The Salvation Army’s building at 159 Lincoln Way West in Chambersburg for dinner, according to a news release from committee chairwoman Lynne Newman.

Although the meal and other preparations are done at The Salvation Army building, the committee wants to make sure the day does not take away from the great work the organization does throughout the year in feeding those in need, Newman said.

“So any food donations are always appreciated,” she said.

Doors open at noon and dinner will be served until 2 p.m. Deliveries to shut-ins and others who need a Christmas meal begin normally between 10:30 and 11 a.m.

“We are looking for anyone who would like a meal delivered,” Newman said in the release. “We are, of course, also looking for donations for senior citizens and others who we hope to give a gift along with their meal.”

Many of those who receive a delivered meal would not have a Christmas celebration were it not for those who work so hard to prepare for the dinner, she said.

“I talk to so many people who are so appreciative of what we do. It makes us happy to be of help,” Newman said. “In today’s economy, there are so many who have so little, we hope we can make a difference in their holiday celebration.”

For more information, to request a meal or to donate food and gifts, call Newman at 717-263-2151 or 717-360-2407.

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