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Pandemic doesn't halt Salvation Army from delivering hundreds of meals on Christmas

Salvation Army changes operations during pandemic
Posted at 5:02 PM, Dec 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-26 16:30:46-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — On Christmas day, while many people are enjoying a warm meal, others are not as fortunate.

To help out, the Salvation Army continued its tradition of providing a Christmas day dinner for hundreds in the metro.

This year was a little different due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The organization reduced the number of volunteers making meals inside its Linwood Avenue building and keeping others out.

"Because of COVID we are unable to have our in-person meal but we’re able to continue our meal delivery service to about 600 shut-ins," said Major Toni Dorrell with the Salvation Army.

Volunteers in several dozen cars lined up to take meals to those who need one.

"We just felt like this is how we give back to the community," said Salvation Army volunteer Christina Spring.

Aaron Johnson was one person who received a meal told 41 Action News he is grateful.

"It’s the only love I got today, Johnson said."

The Honk and Holler canteen was able to serve the metro's homeless population and went to different areas to serve hundreds of more people.

The Salvation Army is helping people pay their rent or utilities as the pandemic has caused financila hardship.

"We’ve certainly had to help some folks who have never had to ask for help before and that can be very hard for people to ask for help when they’re really used to really taking care of themselves," added Dorrell.

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