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  • Community came through to provide Christmas dinners

  • We haven't noticed anything in the paper saying whether ACCESS and The Salvation Army collected enough money and turkeys/hams for the Christmas baskets they gave out.
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  • We haven't noticed anything in the paper saying whether ACCESS and The Salvation Army collected enough money and turkeys/hams for the Christmas baskets they gave out.
    Our children were really wanting to know, as they gave up a Christmas gift each in order to make a donation of cash for the effort (which we thought was amazing, because they are vegetarians).
    We are hoping that every family had a wonderful Christmas dinner, but our children are a little worried that they didn't give enough. I checked the ACCESS website and was unable to find anything about the results.
    Could you please look into this so we can hopefully set their minds at rest?
    — Allan K. and family, Ashland
    Allan, due to the generosity of your children and other families and individuals in the community, The Salvation Army was able to provide 754 families with Christmas dinner.
    "We got more than enough," said Jackie Agee, development director for The Salvation Army. "It was wonderful, and it was such a testament to the community how it all worked out."
    The organization had a scare at the beginning of December when, due to an unfortunate miscommunication, it came up an estimated 800 turkeys shy of what it needed to fill the holiday food baskets.
    The Salvation Army and its vendor, ACCESS, scrambled, and people responded — some with monetary donations and others with birds and hams. The agencies were able to fill all the requests and had nearly 50 turkeys left over, Agee said.
    In addition to the protein, each of the Christmas baskets contained stuffing, Jiffy cornbread mix, fruits and vegetables, as well as a couple of extra meals, such as soup and macaroni and cheese. Children ages 12 and younger also received a toy in their basket.
    Agee, on behalf of The Salvation Army and all the recipients, thanks your children, Allan, for their sweet sacrifice.
    Send questions to "Since You Asked," Mail Tribune Newsroom, P.O. Box 1108, Medford, OR 97501; by fax to 541-776-4376; or by email to youasked@mailtribune.com. We're sorry, but the volume of questions received prevents us from answering all of them.
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