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December 18, 2012
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Salvation Army needs a little holiday help

While the Grass Valley Salvation Army is experiencing its best year of volunteers support with bell ringers outside grocery stores and other foot-traffic heavy places, the service organization still needs plenty of help in other areas before Christmas.

“We need turkeys really bad because the demand has gone up hugely,” said Major Martha Sheppard of the Grass Valley Salvation Army,

The organization needs at least 100 to 150 more donated turkeys, hams or other holiday meats in order to provide struggling area families with a Christmas meal, Sheppard said.

But that’s not the only opportunity for generosity, as Salvation Army is looking for a place to house its late Toys for Tots event Friday, for people who were unable to make it earlier, Sheppard said.

Due to a scheduling conflict, Sheppard said Salvation Army cannot afford to rent a hall at the Nevada County Fairgrounds for business hours Friday, even at their generous nonprofit rate, she said.

Sheppard is seeking a place to house about 100 families throughout the day or donations to secure such a location for the Friday event. Volunteers also are welcome to help set up Thursday night and help organize families Friday as well, Sheppard said.

Salvation Army can provide insurance, pay utilities and even sign a one-day lease if needed, Sheppard said.

“All the legality and paperwork are no problem,” Sheppard said. “I just really need a place for Friday and we’ll be all cleared out by dinner.”

To contact the Salvation Army, call (530) 274-3500.

To contact Staff Writer Christopher Rosacker, email or call (530) 477-4236.

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The Union Updated Dec 19, 2012 11:35AM Published Dec 21, 2012 07:35AM Copyright 2012 The Union. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.