Salvation Army looking for volunteers
The Towanda Service Unit of the Salvation Army held a meeting last week at the Weigh Station Café to discuss upcoming programs relating to the Christmas season and the search for volunteers needed to run them.
One item discussed was the Angel Tree program, which matches donors with children from families that are financially unable to provide gifts during the Christmas season.
The program is already underway and will last until Dec. 2. Families looking to participate in the angel tree program as a recipient will be able to register on October 15, 16 and 17 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Towanda Service Unit office located at the back of the Towanda United Methodist Church on Main Street in Towanda. Eligible families are asked to bring identification for all household members, proof of income, proof of assistance benefits and a billing sheet for proof of address. A tree with gift requests from children will be located at the Kmart in Wysox and the public is encouraged to find a tag on the tree with a gift request, purchase the gift in store, and drop it off at the customer service department.
The tree will be set up inside Kmart in Wysox near the main entrance at a later date.
It is not required to fulfill a specific gift request and any child's toy can be left at the customer service counter.
It is not required to fulfill a specific gift request and any child's toy can be left at the counter. The toy will then be paired with a child from the program and distributed to the child's family shortly before Christmas time.
Local businesses are welcome to donate multiple items to the angel tree program, and local support in the past has proved to be lucrative for needy families.
According to the Salvation Army website, approximately $75 worth of gifts is enough to provide a child with most, if not all of the items on their wish list.
Additionally, the army is also looking for volunteers willing to brave cold weather during the upcoming red kettle season.
Each year, thousands of volunteers set up kettles outside businesses across the nation to raise money as they ring bells or sing Christmas carols to garner attention.
The kettle fundraiser in Bradford County will begin on Oct. 29 and last into December. Volunteers are needed for Wyalusing, Towanda, Troy and Canton areas.
The Salvation Army also noted a need for Christmas Committee members. The all volunteer group helps with organizing programs, sorting angel tree donations and distributing them to families. The army is also looking for a volunteer to work out of the organization's Towanda office on a part-time basis. Salvation Army Service Extension Regional Manager Betty Ellen Barrett said a good candidate will have adequate people skills and an ability to be flexible in scheduling.
Contact Towanda Service Unit facilitator Jan Russell at (570) 265-5932 for more information on becoming a volunteer or to register in one of the programs offered. Russell is available on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Thursdays from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Tim Zyla can be reached at (570) 265-1634; or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.