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Salvation Army sees huge spike in need, seeks donations

Released 15 November 2012

By Ariel Rodriguez, Boston Herald
Thursday, November 15, 2012

More Boston families are seeking assistance as Thanksgiving approaches, and the Salvation Army is turning to the public to help fill that need.

The Salvation Army said yesterday that 1,800 local families are asking for help this year, up from 1,200 last year - a 50 percent increase.

"Families in poverty are probably the slowest to recover in this slow recovery," said Drew Forster, director of communications for the Salvation Army of Massachusetts.

Each year, the Salvation Army provides Thanksgiving food baskets, with turkey and all the trimmings, to families in need. The Salvation Army is asking for the public's help to fill the need, and is accepting donations at the Boston Kroc Community Center, South End Corps Community Center, and the Chelsea/East Boston Corps Community center today, tomorrow and Saturday.

Forster said this year, there are five locations where families can register and pick up their meals.

"What we want to see happen is that the Thanksgiving dinner isn't an obstacle in bringing these families together," Forster said. "No one wants to live in a community where there are people going without, especially at a time of the year like Thanksgiving."


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