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Long Line Formed This Morning for Holiday Assistance

Some camped out since four o’clock this morning waiting to apply for the Salvation Army's help.
It's not the holidays just yet but for some families in the Wiregrass, preparation needs to begin now to be able to even have a Christmas. Some camped out since four o’clock this morning waiting to apply for the Salvation Army's help. Help to feed and clothe their families as the weather gets cooler and the holidays come around.

"It's very different it's very, very different because your money is going on bills and trying to pay your rent," said Shauna Terry, a struggling mother of four in Dothan.

Terry’s not alone; the number of needy families is growing.

"last month the amount of food that we gave out was probably double the month before so the numbers have gone up quite a bit. Their hours have been cut. Their jobs have been cut. Their food stamps have been cut. So it's just a cut across the board," said Linda Bates, a Salvation Army employee.

For parents like Terry, Santa Claus isn't easy to talk about with her four young children but she says their Santa Claus comes in a different form… Every year the organization has angel trees around the community with information about the qualifying children. Allowing people to anonymously buy a new present to be delivered by the Salvation Army just a few days before Christmas.

Terry says she has never even met the angels who give her kids a present every year but if she did, she would say this:

"They were happy. They were very happy. We're very thankful. Thank you for helping us," Terry said.
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