The holidays can be lonely for those who rarely leave their homes and never have visitors, but The Salvation Army is there. On Tuesday morning, volunteers met at the Emergency Disaster Training Center and warehouse on Georgetown Road to wrap presents and help deliver some Christmas cheer.

“Unfortunately, a lot of people in our community are all alone and don’t have family nearby to visit,” said Major Barbara MacLean, Divisional Secretary for The Salvation Army. “The simple gifts we bring from The Salvation Army means so much to those that otherwise would spend the holidays alone.”

For the last 15 years, The Salvation Army has given small gift packages to older adults and others who are homebound or in the hospital due to physical limitations as part of the Gift of Warmth ministry.

Volunteers started organizing and wrapping the gifts around 9 a.m. Once finished, the gifts were loaded up and delivered across Indianapolis  to a little more than 400 people. The gift packages included a blanket, copy of the “War Cry,” a 2013 calendar and a special letter of encouragement and Christmas greetings from Salvation Army Divisional Commander John Turner.
Salvation Army volunteers will also visit the Veterans Affairs (VA) Hospital in Indianapolis next Monday and again on December 14 to visit patients and deliver gift packages that include a copy of the “War Cry” and a 2013 calendar.

On December 10, The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary will visit local nursing homes with small gifts as well.