At the official launch of Hannibal Salvation Army's Christmas campaign on Nov. 16, Salvation Army Lt. Rich Forney reported a total of 200 Hannibal families will be given a merry Christmas, through the combined efforts of the Salvation Army and Douglass Community Services (DCS).
At the official launch of Hannibal Salvation Army's Christmas campaign on Nov. 16, Salvation Army Lt. Rich Forney reported a total of 200 Hannibal families will be given a merry Christmas, through the combined efforts of the Salvation Army and Douglass Community Services (DCS). And among these 200 families, 500 children will receive toys.
The toy drive is being conducted in conjunction with the Douglass Community Services program this Christmas season. Each child will receive up to five gifts, including some selected by his or her parents at the distribution center, Forney said.
Forney and his wife, Lt. Linnea Forney, are coordinating the Christmas (bell-ringers) kettle campaign and the food and toy distribution by the Salvation Army and DCS.
The food baskets and Christmas gifts will be distributed to the families on Friday, Dec. 20, at the Admiral Coontz Recreation Center.
Also, some 200 senior adults, who were not part of the Christmas program in 2012, will receive food baskets on Dec. 20, Lt. Rich Forney said. Each food basket will include a full holiday dinner "with all the fixings," he said.
He reported that after Thanksgiving, the thermometer showing Hannibal's $90,000 goal for 2013 - which includes both the kettle campaign and mail campaign - will be displayed in the window at the Salvation Army Family Store, 302 Broadway.
The location of the launch was moved from the store to the toy collection center in the former White Star Laundry building at 106 N. Fourth St.
This was done because a large number of River Roads Chapter of Harley Owners Group (HOG) riders rode from the area TNT stores to bring a collection of toys that had been donated at the TNT locations.
The HOG riders were escorted by Hannibal police and fire personnel. Prior to arriving at the toy collection location on North Fourth Street, the HOG riders stopped the Hannibal Walmart Supercenter.
The toys were sorted into age groups and will later be transported to the Admiral Coontz Recreation Center.
Toys may continue to be donated in the barrels at Walmart.
The kettle campaign will continue from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday until Dec. 24, lt. Forney said.
The kettle are located in Hannibal at Walmart, Walgreen's, Save a Lot, County Market, JC Penney, Big Lots, and Farm & Home.
In Palmyra, kettles are at County Market, C&R Super Market and ShopKo.
To volunteer to ring bells contact bellringers.org or call Alisa Elkins, Salvation Army seasonal events coordinator, at (217) 231-5633.
In addition to the locations of bell-ringers, county kettles are located at numerous businesses.
The Forneys said donations are welcome at any of these locations.
Although the scheduled dates to apply for Christmas assistance have passed, people may still apply, Ft. Rich Forney said. They may apply between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the Hannibal Salvation Army Family Services Center at 302 Broadway or at DCS at 711 Grand Ave.
Applicants should being a photo ID, proof of income, proof of address and a medical card or Social Security card for each person being registered. People who are approved for assistance will receive an appointment time for distribution of their food basket and toys.
See Seen on Scene photo gallery for more pictures.
Editor's note: Bev Darr is a member of the Hannibal Salvation Army Advisory Council.