Salvation Army Receives Operation Christmas Meal Donation
It’s a familiar sound that reminds us it is better to give than receive, and that even the smallest of donations can make a big impact—the sound of ringing bells and red kettles have become an iconic holiday tradition but at the Salvation Army USA, they are a reminder that we are called to care for our neighbors in-need.
For this year’s Operation Christmas Meal, Iowa Select Farms and the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation delivered 30 cases of pork loins to the Salvation Army in Des Moines. The 360 pork loins will be donated to clients as part of their food baskets.
“We don’t often have a lot of meat to give, so these pork loins will give our clients a healthier meat option that we don’t otherwise have available,” said Amy DeCastro, Assistant to the City Coordinator.
In Des Moines and across the country, the Salvation Army offers a variety of programs that meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of individuals and familes.
“Every year, many parents are forced to choose between paying monthly bills and buying Christmas gifts for their children,” said Randee Wirth, of the Salvation Army. “We work to provide the essential gifts of food, shelter and hope to those hurting in our communities.”
According to DeCastro, the longer COVID goes on, the more they notice people being affected by food insecurity in the community. “We see frequency increasing in the use of our “everyday items” and the same people returning monthly for the food pantry boxes,” she said. “These pork loins are definitely a blessing for our clients and their families.”