The Huron Salvation Army has hosted the Salvation Army Christmas Basket Program for more than 70 years to help others at Christmas with food for the family and clothing and toys for the children.
This program is a multi-group musical fundraiser, which area schools, churches and individuals come together to share their musical talents, which is broadcast live on Huron Tiger Channel 6, the radio state, online and in person at Huron High School.
This year’s Christmas Basket Program fundraiser will be from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Nov. 3-Dec. 3.
With the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual music program will not look the same since large musical groups are not gathering this year, but the need for fundraising is still there.
Organizers of this annual program are looking for smaller groups or individuals willing to perform live or pre-recorded for the fundraiser. Please call Cara Osier at 350-2645 to sign up.
All donations are to be marked as Salvation Army Christmas Basket Program, 237 Illinois Ave. S.W., Huron, S.D. 57350.
The Salvation Army Christmas Basket Program Outreach reached 94 families with food last year, encompassing 600 children with gifts of toys and clothing.
Applications for the Salvation Army Christmas Basket program will be accepted by appointment only between Oct. 26-Nov. 20.
Call the Salvation Army at 352-3438 to make an appointment to bring in the completed application and the documents that are required, including photo identification for all adults in the household, Social Security cards for all members of the household, income verification, household expenses, utilities, phone and car expenses and insurance premiums for health, home and auto.
Non-English speaking applications are asked to bring a translator.
The Salvation Army is in need of volunteers to guard Red Kettles on a daily basis. Shift work is available.
The Red Kettles will be out for donation collections from Nov. 18-Dec. 23 at Coborns, Fair City Foods, Lewis Drug, Runnings and Wal-Mart. Donations will also be accepted online at www.huronredkettle.org.
They have also added a cashless and touchless option.
Use your Smart Phone to scan the QR code on every Red Kettle, and the app will take you to the Salvation Army’s donation link.
Other areas that volunteers will be needed are at Angel Tree sign up, Angel Tree gift sorting and organizing, and food and gift distribution day.