The Salvation Army would like to thank the people of Waterville and surrounding towns for the outpouring of generosity.

Hundreds of angel tags were placed around town in various churches, stores, banks and other businesses with names of children and their wishes. Shoppers reached out and helped us in giving more than 180 families a very merry and blessed Christmas.

Volunteers spent long days putting tags out and collecting the toys at various locations.

Volunteers also have spent more than 2,800 hours ringing the bell on the Salvation Army Kettles in Waterville and Skowhegan. Families, churches, individuals, couples, Boy Scouts, employees, service clubs and others have given of their time. It is not easy standing outside in the cold, rain and snow, but our volunteers did.

The money raised through the Christmas effort not only helps us with Christmas assistance but it is a major part of the funds needed to meet the needs of those who come to us with emergency situations throughout the year.

This has been a difficult year for so many of our neighbors, with the cost of fuel and groceries increasing and jobs being cut.

Wishing all a very happy and blessed New Year.

Maj. Karin Dickson

Corps Officer

Waterville