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      Salvation Army helps spread holiday cheer

      One organization is helping to make the holidays this year a little more memorable.

      For weeks, the Salvation Army has been busy collecting and accepting donations in order to help those in need this Thanksgiving.

      "With the generosity of not only the surrounding area, but the Food Bank of Central and Northeast Missouri, we've been able to give individuals protein, in the form of chicken, we've got deer meat from 'Share the Harvest', there is cheese and everything that people can have in order to have something to eat for Thanksgiving," said Salvation Army Lieutenant Brian Bump.

      The Salvation Army is also in the process of collecting items for the Christmas season as well.

      "For Christmas, we also have our annual Christmas basket, which will have all the fixings for a Christmas dinner," added Bump.

      Helping others during the holiday season is something that Lieutenant Bump always looks forward to, and he says nothing is better than seeing the appreciation of those receiving meals.

      "One of the nicest things is seeing the people who are very grateful for what we do. One of the things I enjoy doing especially at Christmas time is hearing the families go this is the only Christmas that my family is going to have."

      Toys for children of all ages are also being donated and collected in order to let children in the Kirksville area celebrate Christmas properly.

      "My personal goal is to see to it that every child has a toy with their name on it Christmas morning underneath the tree," said Bump.

      If you are interested in helping people have an enjoyable holiday, non-perishable food items, clothes and toys can be dropped off Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Salvation Army Corps Community Center on Gardner Street.

      The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign for the holidays begins Friday, so be sure to donate some spare change.