The Annual "Salvation Christmas Distribution" event, which will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 19, needs volunteers to help make "Christmas" happen for those in need in the Fond du Lac area. Volunteers that are needed most are "Cart Retrievers," "Client Guides," and "The Clean-up Crew."
Volunteers who are willing to retrieve shopping carts from the parking lot after clients have taken their food and gifts to their cars are critical. "It's a constant come and go action," says Crystal Ball, the Salvation Army's Volunteer Coordinator. She continues, "It's not a glamorous job, but one that is important to the traffic patterns of distribution. We only have so many carts, many of which are loaned to us, and as people are finished with them they need to be "corralled" and brought back to the Recreation Center so the next clients can use them. Many of those who use them are the elderly or disabled and have difficulty returning them to the Recreation Building. That's where volunteer cart retrievers come in. It's just another way we assist those in need."
Up to 45 Client Guides are also needed to expedite the effort. Guides assist clients through what can be a confusing maze of Angel Tree Gifts, the "Adoption Center," and food distribution. They accompany individuals and families helping to fill their carts from check in to check out.
Lastly, 10 volunteers who like to do the "last sweep" are needed to clean up when the event is over. That includes loading trucks, picking up trash and organizing left over food, toys and miscellaneous items. "We're just like the Girl Scouts," says Denise Shaffer, The Salvation Army community coordinator. "We want to leave the Recreation Center 'cleaner than we found it!'
We encourage those who would like to help in any of these ways to sign up on line at www.safdl.org. This is The Salvation Army website," says Shaffer. "From there click on the "volunteer" logo, and it will take you right to the Christmas Distribution sign up page." If there are no places to sign up, all the slots have been taken."
It is the mission of The Salvation Army to meet human needs in God's name without discrimination. To find out how you can help accomplish that mission through donations of time, service and money, or if you have questions about the holiday distribution volunteer program, individuals are encouraged to call Crystal or Denise at The Salvation Army at 923-8220.