Basket takes the holiday off

The annual Christmas Basket sponsored by Potomac News, Manassas Journal Messenger and the Prince William Chapter of the Salvation Army entered its second day today.

This year’s goal is $45,000. Last year, $40,808 was raised and subsequently distributed to the needy.

The money goes toward helping underprivileged Prince William County families pay for utilities, food and toys during the holiday season.

Donations may be made by individuals and groups, as a tribute to or in the memory of a loved one. Donors also may remain anonymous. The names of those donating will be published in front page stories which will run Monday through Friday in the two papers.

The money will go toward helping people with electricity, water, heat, food and also, at Christmas time, providing clothing and toys for area children.

The funds are disbursed based on a system of guidelines set up by the Salvation Army’s national headquarters in Washington, D.C. When people in need of help approach the organization, a social service worker evaluates the request using those guidelines.

Donations can be brought to the Potomac News office, 14010 Smoketown Road in Woodbridge or to the Manassas Journal Messenger, 9009 Church St. in Manassas.

Those wishing to mail their contributions should send them to P.O. Box 2470, Woodbridge, VA 22195 or to the Salvation Army, P.O. Box 298, Dumfries, VA 22026. The Salvation Army’s office is 17688 Possum Point Road, Dumfries.

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