Reaching Out to the Community

By WISE Web News

October 19, 2010 Updated Oct 19, 2010 at 7:11 PM EDT

Fort Wayne, IN (Indiana's NewsCenter) -- The holidays are just around the corner. For many people giving to charity is always a part of the holiday season, but not so much this year. Around the country contributions to charities are down including here in the Summit City.

At the Salvation Army here in town families are lining up for assistance for necessities like clothes and food. The Salvation Army has a number of programs set up to make sure that these needs are met. The Angel Tree Program provides clothing to kids-infant to teen and the Teen Program gives teenagers gift cards to places like local movie theaters to get out and have some fun. Teaming up with the Community Harvest Foodbank, families can make sure they have dinner on the table during Christmas.

All of the programs are going on now as part of the Christmas Assistance Program, but you have to hurry if you want to apply. Applications only run through Friday. So far 600 families have signed up, which is down from last year.

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