Salvation Army Food Basket Distribution

By WEEK Producer

December 19, 2011 Updated Dec 20, 2011 at 10:32 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Busy days continue for the Salvation Army as the holiday season winds down.

Monday, the organization held its annual Food Basket Distribution. Residents who had signed up for the program received a color coded card good for either a medium or large basket depending on family size.

Each basket was filled with either a ham or a turkey, canned goods, a dessert and candies.

According to Salvation Army Assistant Development Director Rich Draeger, the Salvation army is seeing an increased need this year because of the Closing of another not-for-profit.

"This year's a little different for us. Usually we do about 1,800 to 1,900 baskets but, with the closing of the Carver Center this year we've absorbed that additional amount so we expecting to do about 3,000 out of here today," said Draeger.

The Salvation Army also provided extra baskets to be handed out Monday in Woodford County.

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