Salvation Army helped nearly 10,000 people in past year

The Hannibal Salvation Army will kick off its 2017 Christmas Campaign with a dinner at the Hannibal Nutrition Center at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9.

This year's Christmas chairpersons, Hannibal School Superintendent Susan Johnson and her husband, Jay, will be introduced, and the Christmas fundraising goal will be announced. The evening will include performances by The Salvation Army brass band and Praise Song from Hannibal-LaGrange University.

The dinner will include turkey and all the trimmings. Tickets are $20 per person. Reservations are needed by Friday, Nov. 3 and may be made by calling Salvation Army Gifts Advisor Matt Schmidt at 217-231-5694 to RSVP.

Schmidt reported that from Oct. 1, 2016, though Sept. 30, 2017, a total of 9,274 individuals received some sort of assistance through the Hannibal Salvation Army social services. This included 4,330 people who were served in the daily bread line.

Also during this time period, 1,139 food boxes were distributed, 49 families received utility assistance, 16 families received rent assistance and 98 families received help with clothing.

“Last Christmas we provided 611 food boxes that contained a four-pound ham, bag of potatoes, bag of apples, canned fruits and vegetables, dinner rolls, pumpkin pie and more,” Schmidt said. “The Hannibal Salvation Army also teamed up with Toys for Tots of Northeast Missouri to provide almost 5,400 toys for 1,073 children.”