"Fill The Truck" to benefit The Salvation Army

About 100 volunteers served Christmas dinner to about 1,000 people at the Salvation Army's Booth Centre

About 100 volunteers served Christmas dinner to about 1,000 people at the Salvation Army's Booth Centre

People can take a gift tag, purchase the recommended item and drop it off at California Pizza Kitchen at the mall, 870 Briarwood Circle, Ann Arbor.

The Salvation Army said it has raised funds with bell ringers for more than 130 years in Portland and almost 40 percent of the funds used for the organization's year-round services comes from the six weeks its red kettles are out.

"However, to make sure we can provide this lifeline for those in need, we need your support".

"We see what the Salvation Army does for the community and we wanted to do our part to help", Downing said.

Teresa Downing, who helped start the organization, said that she wanted to do something positive for the community and thought that a toy drive would be the best way to do that. But local families need services like our meal ministry and food pantry year-round. Last year's toy drive brought in 900 toys.


Fans unable to attend the bell ringing events on Friday can still support The Salvation Army by texting "REDWINGS" to 41444 and selecting one of the four groups to support in the competition.

This year's fundraising goal for the Salvation Army of Portage County is $175,000.

They are urging community members to step up to help a child have a Merry Christmas.

"We made a decision to not have all that this year, instead we are focused on raising donations", Bracy said.

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