Rochester, N.Y. -- Captain Marcy Orr says people in Rochester always give generously to the Salvation Army, but she admits, this year it may be asking a lot for people to give when they've already donated to hurricane victims.
"Sandy didn't hit us at a really good time," Orr says. "It's going to be tougher than any other year. There's always been a concern but now you have Sandy hit. ... It's a real concern out there."
The Salvation Army relies on donations to help people year-round and provide extra help during the holidays.
This year, families will receive fatter food baskets, that will include not only turkey, ham or chicken and the fixings, but also breakfast, lunch and staples like a jar of peanut butter.
Krystle Alley has never asked for help before, but this year she signed up to get a food basket for her family and Christmas gifts for her four children.
She says she has struggled before, but realizes this year, she just needs some help.
So far, fewer people have asked for Christmas Assistance from the Salvation Army, perhaps because of their pride.
But if you need help, you must sign up. You can register this week between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the Salvation Army at 100 West Avenue.
On Wednesday, November 14th, the office will be open until 7 p.m.
If you don't sign up by Friday Novembetr 16th, you will not be able to receive a holiday food basket or gifts.
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