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First, thank you all for taking the time to read this article. As a reporter, I do appreciate the feedback and hearing readers' opinions.
I'm writing simply to add further information about why the Salvation Army does its Christmas charity work. This is straight from the organization's website:
Christmas Charity (Red Kettle and Angel Giving Tree)
The "miracle" of Christmas is repeated over and over again through the joy of caring and sharing.
The traditional red kettle is an integral part of the Christmas scene, with millions of dollars donated each year to aid needy families, seniors, and the homeless, in keeping with the spirit of the season.
Donations provide Christmas dinners, clothing, and toys for families in need. Financial assistance also helps with basic necessities, along with seasonal aid. Families of prisoners often are included.
Volunteers distribute gifts to shut-ins in hospitals and nursing homes, and shelters are open for sit-down dinners.
The Salvation Army endeavors to bring spiritual light and love to those it serves at Christmas so that the real meaning of the season is not forgotten.
Many families receive aid over a period of months after the Christmas season as well, people struggling with difficult family, emotional, or employment problems.
Also, unfortunately a box that ran in the print Vindicator today does not appear on the website and I would like to provide online readers with that information:
How to Help --Select a tag from an Angel Giving Tree at churches and businesses around town and follow the instructions on it.
Go online to http://angel.jcpenney.com/angeltree/S... to find an a child locally that you can help.
Volunteer at the Salvation Army (businesses that would like to be a donation drop off point, for example) and get more information by calling 330-746-8403.
The main message I got from Major Kahn was that the Salvation Army isn't about toys, it's about giving to those less fortunate and practicing Christian-based principles. I apologize if that did not come across in my story. (And as a side note, reporters don't write any headlines, but I think the hope is that headline serves as a call to action for our readers to give what they can, if they can, and convey a sense of urgency).
Thanks for reading,
Ashley LuthernReporter | The Vindicator
December 10, 2011 at 11:26 a.m.
The Vindy does try to let folks know about these events before they occur. In the Thanksgiving edition, this article was published: http://www.vindy.com/news/2010/nov/25...
It was also in a recent edition of Vibe, the entertainment insert that runs in every Thursday Vindy.
The Vindy's culture and entertainment website Valley24.com (which I highly recommend for checking what's happening around town) had a detailed article about the event Nov. 17http://valley24.com/news/2010/nov/17/...
So, in short, the Vindy does try to get the news of these events out in advance and in multiple outlets.
Best,Ashley LuthernReporter | The Vindicator
November 28, 2010 at 11:56 a.m.