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Registration for Springfield Victory Mission's Holiday Aid Program Underway

Food Baskets
Food baskets. Credit: Stephen Dopolo/Flickr

For the past 37 years, the Springfield Victory Mission has been working to change the lives of individuals and families in and around the Ozarks affected by poverty. Now through November 15, the organization is taking applications for its annual Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets and Christmas Adopt-a-Family programs. KSMU’s Julie Greene has more.

These programs through the Springfield Victory Mission have been a part of the organization for over twenty years. This year, around 750 food baskets will be packaged for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and one hundred families and individuals will be participating in the Christmas Adopt-a-Family program. Food items and gifts will be presented to families the Saturday before both holidays.

Rev. Jim Harriger is the Executive Director of the Springfield Victory Mission.

“Food is a basic need for everybody. Reaching out to our neighbors in our community with food at Thanksgiving and Christmas gives the community an opportunity to share, and it gives families who are the neediest, it gives them the opportunity to participate in two of our most wonderful holidays along with everyone else in our community,” Harriger said.

Lula Washington and her family have been using the Victory Mission’s services for around 20 years. In addition to using the food baskets and being an Adopt-a-Family volunteer, she also relies on the organization for clothing.

“Hopefully, we’ll get adopted this year because we had to move out of the house we was in. It was infected with roaches and mice… We had to leave most of our stuff at the old house. I don’t know what the kids would do if we didn’t get adopted. I can’t afford to buy them anything this year because we had to rush out of that house real fast,” Washington said.

Registration for these programs takes place every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday now through November 15. Applications will be accepted during the week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the organization’s main office, 1715 N. Boonville Ave., and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the organization’s thrift store, 824 W. Commercial St.

To fund a food basket or to adopt a family, call the Springfield Victory Mission at 417-831-6387.

For KSMU News, I’m Julie Greene.