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Pocatello Salvation Army 2016 Secret Santa program proves great success

January 27, 2017 GMT

POCATELLO – Each year the Pocatello Salvation Army does their best to provide local children and families in need with a Christmas they will never forget.

The 2016 Secret Santa program was able to provide 584 kids with over 4000 presents. Gifts included not only toys but clothes and other necessary things for kids to enjoy.

The Secret Santa program’s success surpassed last years numbers and have set the sights high for the upcoming 2017 campaign.

“To see their faces when they receive the gifts and the tears in their eyes, that’s why we do it,” said Moore, Lieutenant at the Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army would like to thank all of the community members, volunteers and Kelly Martinez at KORR104 for helping to make the 2016 Secret Santa program reach new heights. They would also like to thank Toys for Tots for coordinating with the Salvation Army Secret Santa program to ensure as many children and families were reached as possible.

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“The community is huge,” said Moore. “The excitement from community members is what made this program such a success. They are what makes it all happen and we couldn’t do it without them.”

The Salvation Army is always looking for volunteers. If you would like to volunteer for any of the programs the Salvation Army offers to the community, you can go to the local Salvation Army office located at 400 N. 4th Ave. in Pocatello. Paperwork will need to be filled out and all volunteers must complete a background check before they are able to help. However, an organization that would like to volunteer, does not have to complete background checks.

“We want to make sure that everyone in the community knows that this service is out there,” said Moore. “We want to make sure we can reach out to every child in need.”

Families that are in needed of assistance during the Christmas season can go to the Salvation Army and ask that their children be put on the list to receive Secret Santa gifts. Some information about income and number of children must be provided, but the Salvation Army will do their best to help everyone they can.

“A lot of people don’t know that the Salvation Army is a church and part of our mission is to preach the gospel,” said Moore. “We know that if you don’t take care of people’s immediate needs, they aren’t going to hear the gospel. Everything we do, everything we give out, is in the name of Jesus.”

From more information about the Pocatello Salvation Army and its volunteer programs, you can visit the local office, call them at (208) 232-5318 or find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/salvationarmypocatello/.