It seems like plenty of people are shopping this holiday season for that perfect present for family and friends, many of whom will have a nice holiday. Unfortunately, not everyone is able to have a happy holiday with a feast and presents.
That's why we have charitable organizations such as The Salvation Army. Such organizations exist to help people in need, particularly during the holiday season. You see Salvation Army workers every time you walk in or out of Wal-Mart in El Centro and Calexico; Kmart, Vons and Albertsons in El Centro and sometimes at Vons in Brawley.
They stand there ringing bells and chimes, signaling you to give what you can to help the needy. We urge you to donate to The Salvation Army by slipping what you can into the red kettles next to the workers.
That money helps The Salvation Army provide food baskets to some 400 needy families in our Imperial Valley. The children in those families all get new toys and a holiday they might not otherwise have. The money you drop into the kettles also gives The Salvation Army funds to continue to provide services to needy families into the new year.