Charities Gear Up for Holiday
"Neighborhood GIFT" program will feed thousands
The Salvation Army is preparing to feed hundreds of families this holiday season – but they can’t do it alone.
For their annual “Neighborhood GIFT” program, the Salvation Army partnered with the Food Bank of Alaska and Toys for Tots.
There will also be nearly 2,000 volunteers at six sites Tuesday.
At Clark Middle School Monday, volunteers packed up fresh fruit and vegetables. They expect 2,000 people to hit that location alone, and will have 800 volunteers to make sure everything goes smoothly.
At Fairview Elementary, Santa came early, dropping off more than 13,000 toys for the big day Tuesday.
Organizers say the Neighborhood GIFT is just a small way to help families in need this holiday season.
At Bean’s Café, volunteers are preparing to have up to 1,000 people at their Christmas dinner on Sunday. They have 160 turkeys, but are still in need of fresh fruits, vegetables and pies.
The Neighborhood GIFT starts Tuesday at 3 and goes until 8.
They still need toys for boys and girls ages 9 to 12. Donations can be dropped off at any of the six locations. You can find that information on our website, KTVA.com.