Helping those in need

The Salvation Army in the Central Okanagan is ramping up its efforts to assist those in need at Christmas.

The Sally Ann is booking appointments for the annual 'Sharing Christmas Food and Toy' program.

Last year, the Salvation Army provided help to more than 600 families in need, including toys for more than 1,100 children.

However, with the closure of major retailers such as Sears and Wholesale Sports, officials expect that need to be even higher this year.

"Christmas truly is the most wonderful time of the year," said communications co-ordinator Patty Lou Bryant.

"Each year, we are blessed with the opportunity to provide assistance to the members of our community who may be walking through some challenging financial times. It is an honour to be able to walk alongside and provide support."

Executive director, Pastor Darryl Burry adds the Salvation Army couldn't provide the help it does without the generous financial, food and toy donations from the public.

Families with two or more people in the same household who require assistance over the holidays can schedule an appointment with the Salvation Army between Nov. 20 and 24 at the Kelowna Community Church on Sutherland Avenue, and Nov. 27 to 29 at the Community Life Centre on Old Okanagan Highway in West Kelowna.

To book an appointment, call 250-765-3450, extension 222.

“We desire to ensure that no one falls through the cracks during this special season of love and giving," said Burry.

"However, in order to meet the demands placed upon us, we would respectfully ask that all families set up an appointment to register as soon as possible."

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