Salvation Army kicks off Christmas assistance drive

Salvation Army kicks off Christmas assistance drive

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The holidays are right around the corner and the Salvation Army is in the giving spirit.

The Salvation Army in Jonesboro began their application process for families in need of Christmas presents Monday.

The organization reaches out to Craighead, Mississippi, Jackson, and Poinsett counties.

Depending on the number of children, a family can qualify for the assistance if they have less than $200 at the end of every month, according to Salvation Army Captain Betty Price.

Pearlie Ivory, a mother of four, has received assistance the past few years from Salvation Army.

The mother said she has little to no income and receives survival benefits monthly, but not enough to provide her children with the Christmas they deserve.

Ivory said the Salvation Army has been so good to her kids and they have a great turn out every year.

"They know they're going to get some gifts from somewhere, if not from mom," Ivory said. "They know that I come get help here. They're really looking forward to it."

Price said the goal of this program is to make sure as many unprivileged children as possible feel the magic of Christmas.

"However they have a Christmas tradition, whether the gifts are from the parents or from Santa Clause, we want every kid to be able to celebrate the magic of Christmas," Price said.

Applications are taken at 125 South Fisher Street in Jonesboro on Monday-Wednesday from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. and Thursday from 1 until 6:00 p.m.

The deadline for the applications is Thursday, Oct. 29.

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