Each year about this time, we are asking for volunteers to ring the bell for the local chapter of the Salvation Army. With the online registration, Register to Ring, it's easier than ever to volunteer!  Choose your location, and choose your time all with a few clicks of the mouse.

This year, the needs of the Salvation Army are even greater.  During a visit with Captain Jake and Liz Law from the Salvation Army this week, he shared that they have an urgent need for food to help fill the dwindling supply that they have available for the less fortunate of our population.

The stimulus packages offered by the government have helped to bolster the economy, in fact, during an economic conference, we learned that personal finances actually became more stable during the last year, however, as it stands at this moment, it doesn't look like more government intervention is on the way.

This is where we come in.  Helping others in our community is more than a calling. It's a duty to help and protect those who cannot take care of themselves.

You can help The Salvation Army by donating non-perishable food items.  The items can be dropped off at 1306 SW E Avenue. Items such as peanut butter, one-pound bags of beans, canned items, canned meats, vegetables and fruits, and bags of rice are used daily.  The Salvation Army invites other churches and organizations to have food drives to help provide food for the pantry.

Captain Liz Law said, "The shelves are very bare; within the first couple of weeks, almost all of the canned food items are gone. Families are working as hard as they can to make ends meet, but towards the middle of the month, their resources run out and they turn to The Salvation Army for help. The thought of turning anyone away who is hungry keeps me up at night - we have to find a solution."

You can be part of the solution to eradicate hunger in our community. Financial donations are best. Because we buy food items in bulk, we can stretch your financial gift and do the most good for hungry people in our community.

The Salvation Army provides food boxes to those in need on a regular, if not daily basis.  “It helps so much if the community is aware and if they can assist us, to do so.” states Captain Liz Law “It is a good thing to bless those in need, because you never know when you might need help.”

You can also help The Salvation Army without ever leaving your home.  Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and donate to the local Salvation Army and direct it towards emergency needs.   Also, checks can be mailed to The Salvation Army, 1306 SW E. Avenue, Lawton, Oklahoma 73501.

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