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Salvation Army In Cumberland County Will Help More Than 1,700 Families

Posted December 21, 2001

— There is more demand for charitable help this year than in recent memory, and the dollars that are being stuffed in the Salvation Army's red kettles this year are starting to make a difference. On Wednesday, those in need in Cumberland County received holiday help.

Everyone needs a holiday hand for a different reason. For the first time in his life, Ken Collier was laid off from his construction job.

"After 20 years, I've never had any help," he said.

But today, he needs help. Coming to the Salvation Army was the only way to give his wife and two children a merry Christmas.

"My dignity was hurt. My pride was hurt, but I did it for my family," he said.

Now, his children will have toys under the tree. Plus, Collier received a turkey with all the fixings.

Theresa Bond is spending her first holiday season as a single mom. Her worries now are not as great.

"I'm so excited, happy for my children and happy for myself. I just thank God for all the people who have given and been a blessing to us," Bond said.

This year, the Salvation Army of Cumberland County will help more than 1,700 families.

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