Salvation Army offers helping hand to families in Clarksburg

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HARRISON COUNTY, W.Va (WDTV) - With Thanksgiving just days away, volunteers and staff with the Salvation Army are working to make the holiday a little brighter for families in need.

They prepare and distribute 390 Thanksgiving baskets, through organizations and churches, in Harrison County.

"It's really important," said Shirley Britton, as she picked up her family's basket Tuesday. "Because it keeps us together, and it helps us out."

Through the Salvation Army, those in need were able to apply for a basket to feed their families during the holiday. Eligibility depends on a person's income level.

"Basically, we have folks coming in where they have to decide whether they're going to pay for their medicine, keep their lights on, pay their rent, or eat," said Captain John Sikes.

For Britton, every gesture of generosity makes a difference. She works a minimum-wage job and her father is sick, so money is tight.

When she heard about the baskets from the Salvation Army, Britton was determined to give her seven-year-old son, Kannon, a special Thanksgiving.

Her story continues in the video above.

And in our extended conversation, Captain Sikes explains how donations, like a $200 contribution made by the Kiwanis Club of Clarksburg, helps fuel their endeavors.