Amherst community helps give family Christmas

Jocelyn Turner
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AMHERST – Tammy Bacon found herself and her three children without a home after their residence sustained heavy smoke and water damage in last week’s fire. Since then, the community, along with the local Salvation Army worked hard to make sure the family was able to enjoy the holiday season.

“The Red Cross and Salvation Army did a lot of work with them,” said Cpt. Chad Ingram of the Salvation Army. “Red Cross helped arrange a place for them to go and we made sure they had a Christmas dinner and all the toys they needed for Christmas.”

The Salvation Army also helped collect donations of gifts that the community had sent for them.

“A lot of people have stepped up to help the family,” said Ingram. “Even beyond the help that the Salvation Army gave them, which was significant, the community has given them that much again. They had a really good Christmas for sure.”

Ingram said currently, the Salvation Army is helping them with household needs for their new location.

“They will probably need money for oil and they may not have enough lamps and that sort of thing,” he said. “That’s the sort of thing they’ll be needing now.”

With Christmas over, Ingram said the family still has to secure new housing and other household arrangements. The Salvation Army, Ingram said, is still taking donations but directing them directly to the family.

“People can still call us if they like,” he added.

Anyone interested in making a donation to the family can call the Salvation Army as 667-5882.

Organizations: The Salvation Army

Geographic location: Amherst

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