KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Danny and Lindsay Owen are more grateful this Christmas than any in their entire life. Against all odds, they will spend Christmas together in their own home with their two young daughters. None of it would have happened, they say, without the Salvation Army.
"They saved our lives," Danny said.
A year ago, the family lost everything quickly. Their home in Arizona and all their belongings disappeared after Danny struggled with drug addiction. The veteran also suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Lindsay took the girls and came to family in Kansas City. Soon, she went back for Danny. Treatment through the VA and the Salvation army helped them salvage their family.
Now the Salvation Army needs help too. Between a late Thanksgiving creating a shorter holiday season, a shortage of bell ringers and the cold weather, the organization is $300,000 behind their goal.
Other organizations like the Johnson County Christmas Bureau and City Union Mission are on pace for their holiday goals, though they could always use more.
Two anonymous donors have stepped up, pledging to match all donations starting Friday through Christmas Eve.
If you'd like to help the Salvation Army, go to www.KettleMatch.org .