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The Salvation Army in Columbia County is seeking funds to help people who continue to struggle across area communities. The helping hand offered by The Salvation Army can make a significant difference in the lives of those in need.

He says about 240 families who used the program previous year haven't come in yet, and he says it isn't because the need dropped off since more families are asking for utility assistance and using the food pantry.

According to Galabeas, this year's goal for the Red Kettle Campaign is $400,000 - the same goal as last year.

If you'd like to volunteer to stand by a kettle this holiday season, contact James Moulton at 920-4673. Akebono Brake participates in the Salvation Army Christmas Angel program each year and has done so for several years.

This holiday season is expected to be one of the busiest yet.

Across Dallas-Fort Worth, the Salvation Army serves thousands of people each year, the Salvation Army's DFW Metroplex Commander Major Jonathan Rich said.

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In Prairie du Chien, volunteers will ring bells by red kettles at Zinkle's Piggly Wiggly and Wal-Mart, while Prairie du Chien police officers and city employees will ring at Cabela's.

Soon The Salvation Army Red Kettle, one of the most recognizable symbols of Christmas, will be appearing at more than 20 locations in our area.

"So we're most definitely thrilled to have another store supporting us, especially in Bethlehem - it makes a good Christmas story", she laughs.

"Last year, we had 985 Angel Tree children that we helped". We raised right at $50 past year.

The lunch will be held at 200 East Stoner Avenue, Shreveport, LA, 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.in the Corps community center.

And the Salvation Army's hospitality doesn't stop in November. He said the agency is always looking for volunteers to help out with the 3,500 or so hours he has to fill. This year is her third as president and said the objective of life is to serve others.