DOTHAN, AL (WSFA) - In the warehouse on the National Peanut Festival fairgrounds - brown boxes with the Salvation Army’s logo are stacked high.
“We’re giving about 860 food boxes to seniors and to all the families who signed up for the Christmas program,” said Lt. Tessa Sturdivant with the Salvation Army.
The boxes include a Christmas dinner and other food to last throughout the holiday. While some boxes are tightly packed and taped shut, others sit open - awaiting cans to fill them. This year, the Salvation Army had low initial donations of canned goods.
“A lot of people have donated cans to the hurricane relief effort and that could be the reason, which makes sense," said Sturdivant.
They’re asking for an extra donation push before the Christmas holiday.
“There’s so many people throughout the United States who think they may not be able to get through Christmas,” said Sturdivant.
Sturdivant said the Salvation Army already purchased 1,000 cans to help supplement the holiday meal boxes, but more donations are needed to help fill them and fill emergency boxes for people who need last minute help during the holiday.
The donations not only ensure that families have Christmas dinner, but that kids home from school don’t miss meals because they don’t have access to school lunch.
“This is insurance that these kids are going to eat and they’re going to have presents under the tree and they’re going to be happy this Christmas,” said Sturdivant.
The Salvation Army also has the Angel Tree which helps provide gifts for children for Christmas.
If you’d like to donate canned goods, donations can be dropped off at the Salvation Army building 1007 S. Bell Street. The boxes will be packed Saturday and distributed Monday.