Christmas sign-up starts October 23 at Salvation Army

It will be cold soon, and the Wake County Salvation Army is giving away free coats

The Salvation Army of La Crosse is welcoming hundreds of families into its annual "Christmas Food Baskets" and the "Angel Giving Tree" programs.

"Household budgets are stretched by rising living costs, especially for food and rent".

Michelle Johnson with the Salvation Army, says, "We used to do from 5 to 12, but we've seen that all kids need coats, so it's a big need here".

"We're doing so on good faith that someone in the community will provide us a location to distribute the toys, clothing, and food people donate", Allison said.

This year, applications are being taken at The Salvation Army, 330 Waldo Ave., from 10 a.m.to 3 p.m. on October 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 31, and November 1 and 2.

It is the second year of the campaign which combines collecting for charity with a creative competition and teaching resources created to engage children and teachers, in a fun, team-based giving and learning experience.

The non-profit has distributed coats to families in need for more than 25 years.

"Already this year we have seen nearly an 11 per cent increase for food parcels from the previous year".

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