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Bucket Blitz donations help shelter services

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The 35th annual WGEM/Salvation Army Bucket Blitz continues Tuesday.

The money raised will go toward the Salvation Army’s Christmas Campaign and service programs including the Salvation Army Shelter located at 501 Broadway in Quincy.

The shelter in Quincy can house up to 14 people, but in the past they have made adjustments to add more room to get people out of the cold.

Officials say the shelter has been full the past few weeks due to people falling on hard times and with the many services they offer, it can be hard to keep up.

"Our budget is difficult to manage especially an organization that is relying on donations from the community, but Quincy is such a giving community and has kept us a float for many years," Heidi Welty with the Salvation Army added. "I've been here 14, so I've got to see a lot of blessings come through here and a lot of amazing things happen."

Shelter resident Andrea Austin tells WGEM, she fell on hard times and the Salvation Army has been a help to her along with her children.

"You just have to ask, you know if you are afraid or you have too much pride, don't let it get in the way, ask for help because it's there," Austin added.

You can donate to the WGEM/Salvation Army Bucket Blitz from 6:00 a.m- 6:30 p.m. at the Quincy Mall, 33rd and Broadway Entrance.

To learn more about the Salvation Army Shelter and other programs click here.

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