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Salvation Army struggles to keep up with season's needs

Reported by: Amber Dixon
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Updated: 11/21/2012 6:36 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- One hundred big turkeys were doled out to the valley's needy Tuesday as part of Clark County Commissioner Lawrence Weekly's annual event.

Those without a turkey voucher waited on the chance that some food might be left over.
To help: For more information on making donations to The Salvation Army, call 702-870-4430.

While most went home with a bird and some side dishes, across town at The Salvation Army, turkeys were tougher to come by.

“That's just a few families,” said Darren Thames, Director of Family Services at the Salvation Army, as he showed News 3 nearly empty freezers.

With a waiting list 150 families deep and only about 70 turkeys received, Salvation Army workers made calls, hoping some who signed up might already have found their main dish.

“And some folks say, ‘No I can't get down there; I already got a turkey,’” said Thames. “Well, thank you for letting us know, so we can pass that on to someone else.”

That was not the case for one Las Vegas mom, who told News 3 she might have broken speed limit laws when rushing to pick up her turkey.

“I’m a working mom who just recently lost her job, so it means a lot to me because I didn't have anything,” she said.

Although talk of turkey dominates, The Salvation Army is already looking ahead to Christmas.

About 1,700 applications piled up from families looking for toys for their children for Christmas.

A look at toy storage rooms revealed mostly empty shelves.

The nonprofit hopes help comes quick to stock the shelves and fridges that lack holiday cheer.


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