Salvation Army in desperate need for donations

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. 'Tis the season to give, but the Salvation Army is seeing unthinkable lows in food, money and toy donations.

Food is lacking in barrels around the Grand Valley and the slow donations will impact families not only this month, but throughout the year.

"The food that's collected right now normally sustains us through about April almost to May right now we're going to be lucky if we make February," Claudia Jackson, Salvation Army.

Food donations are not the only thing taking a hit this year. Because of the freezing temperatures, the hours bell ringers are able to stand outside asking for donations are also shrinking. They are packing up around 6 PM every night to avoid frostbite. A few years ago they were out as late at 9 PM.

Santa could be missing some houses this year as toy donations are just as low. The giving trees are still covered with angel tags bearing the names of children hoping their Christmas wish will be answered.

There are many ways you can help. One way is by heading to the Mesa Mall and taking an angel tag off the giving tree to buy presents for kids.

You can also donate money to any of the red kettles around town or drop off food at food barrels or at the Salvation Army.

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