Salvation Army seeks building for holiday aid

The Salvation Army needs a big building where it can hand out holiday help during the Thanksgiving and Christmas season.

The numbers of people needing help outgrew the church's basement in 2008, so the Salvation Army moved the effort to larger, donated spaces.

From 2008 through 2010, Lithia Motors donated the use of its vacant Dodge dealership building in downtown Medford, then in 2011 and 2012, Batzer Construction donated use of a building at 226 N. Ross Lane that once housed the Kid Time Discovery Zone.

Efforts to find a new location after the Ross Lane building was leased to a long-term tenant didn't work out, Salvation Army officials said.

Now the organization is scrambling to find an 8,000- to 10,000-square-foot building to use during the months of November and December.

Capt. Martin Cooper, commanding officer of the Salvation Army in Jackson County, said in a statement that last year the organization helped 189 families at Thanksgiving and another 1,400 at Christmas. Serving that many families would have been impossible at the church at 304 Beatty St.

If the Salvation Army can't find a large building, it will have to curtail the number of people helped, he explained.

"We're asking the generous people of Jackson County to help us locate a building so we can help as many people as possible during this holiday season," Cooper said in the statement.

For more details or to offer help, call 541-773-6965.

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