SAYRE - The Sayre Salvation Army is getting ready for a very busy holiday season as plans were announced at the monthly advisory board meeting Monday evening. Gathering at the Salvation Army Church headquarters at 314 S. Elmer Ave., the board also unanimously elected Sayre's Joel Clawson as its new board chairman, a well-known community leader who spent 20 years in the radio business with WATS and WAVR Radio.

Christmas Sign-ups

Captain Deb Stedman opened the meeting with a prayer, and then announced important sign-up dates for Christmas assistance. Individuals seeking support can visit the Salvation Army Church office the week of Monday, Oct. 22 through Friday, Oct. 26 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. Additionally, sign-ups will be held on the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Christmas sign-ups will also take place Monday, Nov. 5 through Friday, Nov. 9 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and again in the evening on Tuesday, Nov. 6, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Captain Stedman said the evening hours will help accommodate those who work during the day.

Thanksgiving Dinner

The annual Thanksgiving Dinner will be held again at the Church Of The Redeemer at 201 S. Wilber Ave, Sayre, the night prior to Thanksgiving on Wednesday, Nov. 21. More information is forthcoming as last year a large turnout made the event an even bigger success than in previous years. Henry Farley, an active board member, assists in the preparation of all the turkeys and received blessings from the board for his assistance.

Monthly assistance

Captain Stedman released assistance help for the months of August and September, resulting in: Men helped, 20; Women helped, 26; Families served, 109; Cases served, 155; Number of people in household receiving assistance, 456; Rent, electric, 3; Soup Kitchen, 575; One time cases, 68; Individuals helped for first time, 198; and breadline Tuesday and Friday mornings (includes breakfast) 1,743. It was noted that TOPS Supermarket is a major provider of the bread and baked goods that are giving to the needy, donating $900 monthly in goods to the cause.

Other Business

Captain Stedman will be at the "Rusty Nail Food Drive", scheduled for Friday night, Nov. 2 at the Athens Football game. The food drive is a successful promotion each year that allows the Corps' food pantry to increase in anticipation of the upcoming holiday season demands.

The Kettle Kickoff date was also announced, and will take place again at the Arnot Mall in Elmira Friday, Nov. 16, at 6 p.m. The Salvation Army Band will be on hand to officially kick off the most important fund raising event of the year, with numerous Salvation Army boards on hand for the ceremony.

Prior to the concluding prayer, Joel Clawson began his tenure as chairman of the Sayre Corps Advisory Board for a term of one year. Clawson is well known in the Valley for his efforts in numerous community charities and events. The retired radio executive worked for Valley radio WATS and WAVR for 20 years. His associations with area businesses and fraternal organizations will assist the Sayre Corps in its continuing assistance to the needy.

Captain Stedman welcomes all for church services every Sunday morning at 11 a.m. at the 314 Elmer Ave. church. She emphasized that the Salvation Army was founded in 1865 and is a Christian-based love of God organization coupled with addressing the needs of the community. The Salvation Army's ministry emphasizes preaching the Gospel, disseminating Christian truths, supplying basic human necessities, providing personal counseling and undertaking spiritual and moral regeneration and physical rehabilitation of all persons in need regardless of race, color, creed, sex or age.

For information on community support or for spiritual needs, please phone 570-888-2153.