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After 'wonderful' Thanksgiving dinner, Salvation Army turns to Christmas

Red kettles spring up outside Juneau malls, supermarkets

Posted: November 24, 2012 - 7:17pm  |  Updated: November 25, 2012 - 1:03am

Capt. Donald Warriner of the Salvation Army in Juneau said Friday that his organization had a “wonderful” community dinner on Thanksgiving for people in need, and with Christmas approaching, he said he is hoping for the same support the Thanksgiving dinner received as the Salvation Army prepares its Christmas dinner boxes.

The Salvation Army dinner at the Hangar on the Wharf Thursday (http://bit.ly/10IUHoa) fed more than 450 people, Warriner said.

“We had everything we needed,” said Warriner. “We had a little bit left over.”

Warriner praised donors for their generosity in giving for the dinner.

“The community’s amazing on how it donates and gets behind good causes,” Warriner said. “I’m just looking forward to a good holiday season, or Christmas season, as we get ready to do our 300 to 400 Christmas boxes.”

The Salvation Army will be working with the downtown shelter and soup kitchen, the Glory Hole, to put together the Christmas boxes (http://bit.ly/TJBE93).

“We’re going to be doing it because we think it’s more effective,” Warriner explained.

Glory Hole Executive Director Mariya S. Lovishchuk could not be reached for comment Friday, but in a Juneau Empire report from Nov. 13, she described the collaboration with the Salvation Army on the Christmas boxes as a way to pool resources and avoid duplicating one another’s efforts.

As of Friday, the Salvation Army has its distinctive red kettles and ringing bells outside Juneau stores like Fred Meyer, Foodland IGA, Walmart and Safeway, as well as at Nugget Mall and Mendenhall Mall in the Mendenhall Valley.

Warriner said he spent part of his Friday out with the red kettles himself.

“I enjoy doing that,” said Warriner. “That’s part of the Christmas season.”

Signups for the Christmas boxes begin Monday and will end Dec. 7, the following Friday, Warriner said. Any individual or family in need may apply.

• Contact reporter Mark D. Miller at 523-2279 or at mark.d.miller@juneauempire.com.

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