October 26, 2011
Salvation Army readies for the holiday season
Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Dorothy and Shane Budd, captains of the Salvation Army in Cortland.
Dorothy and Shane Budd, new captains at the Salvation Army in Cortland, are gearing up for the agency’s annual Christmas program and red kettle fundraiser.
“Throughout the whole year, you want to bring families together. Christmas is unanimous with bringing families together. This gives them hope,” said Dorothy Budd.
“Our Christmas program is going to be geared for families in need, with children from birth to 18, as long as they are in high school,” she said. “And we are going to help them with toys and a family Christmas meal.”
The couple expect to help 300 families, for a possible total of 600 people.
Since they started their post in July, they have served on average about 400 to 500 people a month through their soup kitchen, fresh food give away and food pantry at the 138 Main St., Cortland, agency.
Dorothy Budd has been with the Salvation Army for 13 years. Her husband has been with the agency for 15 years. The couple come to the area from Ogdensburg. The two replace Madelaine and Stephen Lyle, who left the Salvation Army for personal reasons, said Norma Rhodes, longtime Salvation Army board member.
“We love it here. It’s a great community,” said Shane. “We like the city,” said Dorothy Budd. “Ogdensburg was wonderful, a nice place to start a family,” she said. But Cortland has a lot more to do. “Our kids like all the opportunities here,” said Shane.
They have three children, ages eight, five and three.
The two are used to wildly cold winters. Their schools in Ogdensburg closed on temperature of minus 55 last winter.
“Minus 30, they still got to school and play outside,” said Dorothy Budd. “You could literally walk across the St. Lawrence River in the winter,” she said, because it would freeze.
Families who want to sign up their kids for presents can do so by filling out a simple Christmas application 9:30 a.m. to noon today through Friday and for working families 6 to 7 p.m. Nov. 3 at the 138 Main St., Cortland, agency. A picture identification and a birth certificate or some form of proof of a child is needed.
“We try to do clothing but we can’t guarantee it. If it’s available we will offer it to them. But you never know what’s going to come through with an angel tree,” said Dorothy Budd.
Christmas trees with angel cards will be set up in area businesses, with descriptions of a child and suggestions on what they want for Christmas. The Angel Trees will be set up the day after Thanksgiving.
The kettle bell ringing project will start Nov. 14 and go on till Christmas Eve at seven locales in Cortland County, said Shane Budd.
The agency hopes to raise $55,000 this year.
“$55,000 is what sustains us for a whole year. We don’t do any other large fundraisers,” Dorothy Budd said.
Funds donated go to the Christmas program as well as funding the Salvation Army’s soup kitchen, food pantry and childcare programs throughout the year.
Volunteers, groups, and clubs are sought to help staff the kettles. The Salvation Army has four locales for sure and is firming up three more sites.
For the last few years, the national Salvation Army headquarters has negotiated with the corporate offices of companies for the approval of bell locations, Shane Budd said. It’s a new policy.
If people want to volunteer their time, or find out more, call the agency at 607-753-9363.
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