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Janet knows the joy of giving to others. During the Christmas season, Janet loved being able to support The Salvation Army by donating gifts to the Angel Tree program and volunteering to ring. She was blessed to be able to see the smiles on her own children’s faces on Christmas morning and always felt compelled to do what she could to help other families.

“People don’t realize that The Salvation Army isn’t just outside at Christmas time with the little bells asking for money, they are a 24-7, 365-day organization.”

Janet learned this lesson in the most significant way.

After a recent doctors appointment, it was determined that Janet’s kidneys were not functioning as they should. Around the same time, her husband and the granddaughter under her care both required expensive medications for their own unexpected medical concerns. Very quickly, the cost of providing care to her family became overwhelming.

“All a sudden, all these medical bills and prescriptions came in and took over our financials.”

Though she had never had to ask for help before, she was running out of options. Janet contacted The Salvation Army to see if there was anything they could do.

“I was a little nervous because I’ve never asked for assistance before. I didn’t know what to expect or what I should do but the lady at the front desk was wonderful. She made it easy and very stress free. I didn’t feel like I was treated like I was needy or anything like that, except, they just understood that things happen in life.”

The Salvation Army worked with Janet’s family to provide for their basic needs during this time of crisis.  Janet received far more than assistance with food and utility bills; she received the blessing of a peace of mind that her family was going to be OK.

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