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Salvation Army plays crucial role in Christmas season

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One of the most important organizations this time of year is the Salvation Army, which serves a critical need in getting food and toys to low-income families. 

An important part of their budget comes from donations at the sginature red kettles outside of stores in the Wenatchee Valley. But those donations are running behind this year, Capt. Frank Desplancke tells me.There are five fewer days between Thanksgiving and Christmas comparted to last year, but even so, the amount of daily donations is down. It has Desplancke concerned. 

The Salvation Army has 415 families signed up so far for Christmas food boxes, which will include all the fixings for a holiday meal and a new toy for children under 12. Those boxes will be distributed on Dec. 19-20.

Desplancke, who has been in the valley for 18 months, said the need in the community seems to be greater than last year. The economic recovery has not been felt much by those at the lower end of the economic scale.

Community groups have been supportive in volunteering at red kettle sites around the valley. About a dozen service clubs take shifts and bring a personal touch to the outpouring of philanthropy.  You might think about that opportunity when you are out shopping in these days before Christmas.

To see my video interview with Desplancke, please lot onto