Salvation Army needs more than double the help for the holidays this year

Salvation Army needs more than double the help for the holidays this year

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Salvation Army said there’s more than double the need this holiday season because of COVID-19, but they are struggling to match the need with donations.

Bell ringers are usually a staple of holiday shopping, but this year the Salvation Army said retailers have been hesitant to sign on because of the pandemic.

So far, Hobby Lobby has agreed, and ringers will be out there starting Nov. 9, which is the earliest they’ve ever started.

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Maj. Keath Biggers, the area commander for North East Florida, said this is the highest need they’ve ever seen and expects families will need help with toys, clothes and food this holiday season.

The organization kicked off its ‘Rescue Christmas’ campaign earlier this month to encourage financial donations. They also need help from volunteers and said you can learn more on the website at www.salvationarmynefl.org.

The Angel Tree program will also still be happening this year where families can adopt a child and buy them gifts.