POSTED: Friday, November 12, 2010 - 4:31pm
UPDATED: Sunday, November 14, 2010 - 8:17pm
EL PASO - During the holidays there are a lot of families out there who could use help. Organizations like the Salvation Army usually meet that need, but what happens when they can't?
Bells ringing, that sound is how you know the holidays are fast approaching. Starting Monday Salvation Army volunteers will be out with the famous Christmas kettles and bells.
"I know times are tight right now, but I'd love for folks to dig deep because we have a number of folks here in the building as far as the family shelter goes, because we are in crisis mode which I have mentioned before," John Martin said.
Martin, the Salvation Army Director, says it's crisis mode because food on the donation shelves is scarce, and there are a lot of families in need. This year there are 900 families who could use a food box from the Salvation Army, and with about two weeks to go until Thanksgiving there's no way the boxes will be complete without your help.
"Texas Vs. The Nation football game would give us 500 turkeys every year for the purposes of the food boxes. We don't have that this year, so we're going to have to do our professional begging at best so we can get the turkeys in that we need," Martin said.
To collect the other items for the food boxes the Salvation Army is relying on kids. We're told the El Paso Independent School District is doing a food drive to help fill the boxes.
"For those of you who have children with in the school district, you still have a few days to get those canned goods in there. It's those items that are donated by kids that go into the Christmas food boxes each and every year," he said.