The Salvation Army is reporting record numbers of families that are in need during this Christmas holiday season. Families must register in order to get toys, seasonal foods (turkeys, hams, etc). But, there are many offices of the Salvation Army that are reporting there aren't enough toys, food and money to go around this Christmas season. Salvation Army officers are requesting donations from those who are able. Unfortunately, there does not seem to be enough contributions to offset the demand. What is making matters even worse this year, you have places that are anti-Salvation Army. The University of California at Berkley (that bastion of PCness and Socialism) students want to pass a resolution that would ban the SA because they discriminate against gays and lesbians. The horror! Regardless, I don't expect to see that resolution take place, even at a place of religious intolerence such as UCAL Berkley.
In my area, there are also reports of the Salvation Army being unable to meet the needs of the community. Like at Berkley, they are running into unexpected obstacles this year. It seems the constant bell ringing is getting on the nerves of local merchants and local residents. Complaints have been made to Wal-Mart, Sears and other major retailers. However, at last check, I see the volunteers for the Salvation Army are still there about 6AM every morning (at Wal-Mart) clanging those bells for donations. Personally, I can't pass by those tillers holding money. I have to donate something, even if it's loose change, when I pass by. The Salvation Army is facing unprecdented hardships with the number of families needing help. If you are able, please donate to this worthy cause this Christmas season. If you wish to donate online, click HERE. If you wish to donate furniture or pickup, click HERE.