Organizations gear up to help the needy this holiday season

Organizations gear up to help the needy this holiday season

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"We always need donations at this time of the year, particularly because the demand for our services is going up," explained Mary Beth Ramey with VMC. "We always need donations at this time of the year, particularly because the demand for our services is going up," explained Mary Beth Ramey with VMC.
"We are getting ready to open up the Christmas warehouse just after Thanksgiving," said Salvation Army spokesperson Rob Link. "We are getting ready to open up the Christmas warehouse just after Thanksgiving," said Salvation Army spokesperson Rob Link.
The Salvation Army is still looking for volunteer to run their Red Kettle campaign. The Salvation Army is still looking for volunteer to run their Red Kettle campaign.

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - With Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner, many organizations in Knoxville are gearing up to help those in need.

There are also several opportunities to volunteer.   

At Volunteer Ministry Center (VMC) on Broadway, Mary Beth Ramey gave us a peek at what they will be giving away this holiday season.

"The program we have that is just beginning is the Holiday Store and it is mainly for recipients of our services," said Ramey.

Each year, the VMC helps thousands of people.

Anyone who was helped by the VMC can register until the end of November to shop at the Holiday Store. Those people will be required to do community service to receive points in order to shop.

VMC also needs donations to fill the store up, especially gifts for teens.

"We always need donations at this time of the year, particularly because the demand for our services is going up," explained Ramey.

VMC has a donation list on their website.

Just down the road at the Salvation Army, more than 1,000 people signed up in September for the Angel Tree program.

"The adoption process is super simple," said Salvation Army spokesperson Rob Link, "All you have to do is contact us and we can set you up with one angel or a dozen angels."

The Salvation Army has stopped taking names for their Angel Tree program, but said they can still help those in need.

They also need volunteers.

"We are getting ready to open up the Christmas warehouse just after Thanksgiving," said Link. "Volunteers are needed to set up the warehouse."

The Salvation Army is also kicking off their Red Kettle campaign on Nov. 15, and still need a lot of volunteers to help come out and ring bells at their 75 locations.

They will also be providing a meal on Christmas for anyone who needs it at their downtown location.   

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