December 11-- This is the last year the Salvation Army in Vidalia is operating out of its Jackson Street location because it's moving, however, the final push for Christmas is underway, according to Director Sandy Roberts.
"We're a little behind last year. We were doing good up until the cold hit. We've got our seniors and our kids signed up and we still need bell ringers. We've got a couple of weeks left and we really need to push it so we do what we did last year," she says.
Most of the kids on the Angel Tree are spoken for, "We're down to just a handful of families. Most of the churches and people in the community have already taken angels so we're really doing good with that. We went through the schools a little bit this year and find kids who wouldn't come sign-up, but the teachers knew there was a need, so we're trying to reach out more for kids who need it."
Roberts says they have over a hundred senior citizens signed up this year, "We need money for them because we buy them gift certificates for things at Bi-Lo."
After Christmas, Roberts says they'll be opening at their new Salvation Army home, "We're going to be in our new location by December 27. All end of the year donations will be in our warehouse there. You go to 220 Mose Coleman, you turn next to Lowe's and go down on the left. It's going to be twice as big with more warehouse space and we'll be able to do more programs, and not just financial assistance.
"We've been planning it for a few years. We outgrew the facility we're in, we don't have parking and we only have two small offices. As the economy gets better, you don't need as much financial assistance as you need more classes to help people manage what they have and do better in their lives," Roberts said.
The Salvation Army is always looking for volunteers and needs help even more this year due to the move. If you can help, call Sandy at 245-0771.