Days after first gold coin, Alton's Salvation Army finds another in kettle

The new Centre of Hope shelter opened in October and it's been busy since then. Staff at the facility have been preparing lunch for as many as 160 people some days
Days after first gold coin, Alton's Salvation Army finds another in kettle
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17 December, 2017

This year there has been an increase in the number of families who signed up for Christmas assistance, Mr. Horrell said.

Those picking up holiday boxes needed to register beforehand in order to receive them.

"With all of the commercialisation of Christmas and the stress surrounding it people start to get manic". "Often times, people get irritated about all the commercialization of this time of year".

"I've been out here in the rain, the cold, the wind", he said.

"Their collective success should remind us that although Christmas in the 21st century can feel like a somewhat secular festival, the British public still have a great deal of faith in the power of Christian charities to do good and useful work, in the United Kingdom and beyond", the report notes.

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According to Sedlar, as of Wednesday the western half of the state had collected $79,000 less than the same period past year. So previous year was hard too. The Salvation Army said they went above and beyond this year for their angels. And we help entire families build a plan to move toward financial independence through our programs.

The Salvation Army depends on the support of numerous corporate partners, including many individual retailers, who allow Christmas kettles to be placed at their stores each year.

Salvation Army - Alton Corps kettle counter Fran Steward shows off the second gold coin found by bell-ringers in recent days. "We're happy to be part of it and just happy to see the smiles on the people's faces we deliver these hampers to". "The donations from the Red Kettle Campaign account for more than half of our annual budget".

Hers is one of 1,642 Angel Families in need of toys for their children this Christmas.

"One wanted a guitar with a microphone, so this was very important for me to come here, it was worth the wait", Taylor says.


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