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More Families Get Holiday Help

salvation army 1MEDFORD, Ore. — More Rogue Valley families are signing up to receive food this Thanksgiving.

The Salvation Army says 271 families registered to get a turkey and food bag from the organization this year, that’s up 43 percent from last year.

Those families will receive the food on Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the distribution center on 344 Bartlett Street in Medford. The Salvation Army says seeing the Thanksgiving numbers increase will also cause a ripple effect through the holidays.

“We anticipate, because Thanksgiving is up, that means Christmas is up. And last year at Christmas we helped 1,400 families, which was the most we’ve ever helped,” said Jackie Agee, with the Salvation Army.

Families can begin signing up for Christmas assistance next week. People who are interested can go to the Salvation Army office at 304 Beatty Street in Medford.