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How to help those in need during season of giving

Posted at 10:14 AM, Oct 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-05 13:14:09-04

PHOENIX — The season of giving is almost here, but for some Arizonans, the holidays are going to look a lot different. Many families are struggling to get by, but some local organizations are taking action to make the holidays a little brighter.

The Salvation Army is hoping to "Rescue Christmas" with its annual Red Kettle campaign. You can donate online, do a contactless donation at a Red Kettle stand, or make a donation through your Alexa-enabled device. Every donation goes to a program that will help meet the needs of the community.

"Every day we're getting calls. Every day we're out on the streets helping people, taking care of people and it just doesn't stop. And a lot of it's because of the pandemic. And so, you put that plus folks that are just trying to get by day to day -- it's going to increase. It's going to impact not just the Salvation Army. It's going to impact our community, " said Major Butch Frost from The Salvation Army Southwest Division.

There is also help for thousands of Arizonans without a job. Goodwill of Central and Northern Arizona is offering job assistance through their free programs. Visit one of Goodwill's career centers to connect with a career navigator who will assist you with finding employment opportunities and training.

The Marines are launching their annual 'Toys for Tots' campaign in Maricopa County. Toys and school supplies will be collected from October to December. Donations are going to be accepted at American Furniture Warehouse and select car dealerships across the Valley.