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  • The Salvation Army needs money to help feed hungry

  • The Salvation Army needs the community's help to feed the hungry over the holidays — and both time and food are running out.
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  • The Salvation Army needs the community's help to feed the hungry over the holidays — and both time and food are running out.
    The Jackson County organization is requesting cash donations to help offset the costs of buying Christmas turkeys and canned food for the low-income families it's assisting.
    The nonprofit expects to provide food bags to nearly 1,200 families this Christmas, a 25 percent increase over last year. At the same time that the need is up, the organization's donations of canned food are down 75 percent and donations of frozen turkeys are off 70 percent.
    Because of the increased need and the donation shortfall — and because Christmas distribution is set for Dec. 21 — The Salvation Army will need to purchase food to be able to assist needy families with their holiday meals, said Jackie Agee, development director.
    "What we really need now is money," said Agee. "We're ordering the food tomorrow."
    This is the second year The Salvation Army has provided both a Thanksgiving and a Christmas dinner to those in need, Agee said.
    "We are going to meet this need," she said. "We are going to help these people. We just need the community's help."
    Donations of canned food, which will help keep the food pantries going after the holidays, may be dropped off at all Bi-Mart and Ray's Food Place locations in Jackson County, as well as Porters Restaurant, Lava Lanes and Roxy Ann Lanes. Suggested food items include canned vegetables, cranberry sauce, yams and fruit, along with stuffing and baked dessert mixes.
    Donations of canned food, as well as fresh or frozen turkeys, may also be dropped off at The Salvation Army's thrift store at 922 N. Central Ave., or at the church offices at 304 Beatty St. The last day to drop off canned food and turkeys is Friday, Dec. 17.
    Monetary donations to assist with the purchase of food may be mailed to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 757, Medford, 97501 or dropped off at the thrift store or church offices
    For more information, call 541-773-6965.
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