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December 4, 2013

Local reaction to Salvation Army's plea stuns local leader

JOHNSTOWN — Response following the Salvation Army’s plea for help supplying toys for needy children was overwhelming, Maj. Joseph Pawlowski said.

“I can’t emphasis enough what an outpouring of love and concern was shown by the people of Johnstown,” Pawlowski said at the Salvation Army’s 576 Vine St. headquarters.

Three weeks ago, Pawlowski was concerned because many of “Treasures for Children Program” tags had not been claimed. The program provides specific details for the needs and desires of the children listed on the tags. Another component addresses needs of seniors and grandparents raising grandchildren.

“We are in dire need of people to step up to help out,” Pawlowski told The Tribune-Democrat last month.

Step up they did.

“Within two days, with people coming in here or calling on the phone, we had a majority of our Treasure Tags out,” he said.

But now Pawlowski is hoping the gifts arrive in time for distribution. The deadline is Tuesday, but he has volunteers already working to organize and prepare the donated gifts for distribution on Dec. 18.

“Now it is time to act on those Treasure Tags,” he said. “I am sure many people did (act) on Black Friday and Saturday. They had time to shop, not only for themselves, but for the needy, and take advantage of the sales.”

Complete story in Thursday's editions of The Tribune-Democrat.

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