Salvation Army 'Angel Tree' toys distributed to parents

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Previously, Gelzinnis said the value of the gold coins discovered in their signature red kettles was $5; on Wednesday, Gelzinnis said the actual value is between $120 and $150 apiece.

"I've been doing this now for roughly 15 years", Higgins said. "We're always here to meet the community's needs". "We had an wonderful group of volunteers show up to pack in the shortest amount of time we've ever done it before".

During one particular period, three people donated in quick succession and a few commented that giving would be easier if red kettles accepted credit cards or Apple Pay.

The Salvation Army is putting out the call for help.

Donations will be accepted Saturday from 8am-5pm and again on Monday from 8am-5pm at the Salvation Army parking lot on Park Avenue in Meadville.

"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.

Poverty remains prevalent across metro Detroit.

Higgins said he also takes Abner to hospitals to help cheer up patients with a little animal therapy.

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"We do not support The Salvation Army or consider them our "partner" for this project, they simply linked us to a needy family", The Blaze quoted the shop's Facebook post as saying. Working with the Michigan State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, we help victims of human trafficking escape a life of despair though our.

This year, more than 900 families registered for the program.

We further help families sustain positive momentum through our after school and youth programs as well as life-changing youth camps at.

Shawanda Ealy, whose 4-year-old son wants a bike, said the program is great. Beth Sturdivant with the Salvation Army.

"It's one of the best things you can do for the holiday", said P.J. Wylie with the company's non-profit group, Community Connection.

He had nothing but praise for the estimated 200 volunteers who will give of their time this season to help those in need.

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