The Salvation Army's Winter Night Watch Program kicks off
OMAHA,NE(FOX42KPTM)-The Salvation Army's Winter Night Program started Monday night. It's the 30th anniversary . Volunteers hand out food and warm clothes to people in need. This year, new routes were added to the North and Central Omaha locations. They're even expecting to get a new truck next year.
"It's an affectionate way to express our mission, which is to help people," said Major Greg Thompson. He works with The Salvation Army.
Volunteers travel to South, North and central Omaha everyday.
"People are ready to come and get the food we have for them as soon as volunteers arrive."
They're not only giving out food, but gear to stay warm this winter.
"They give out warm clothes to people who need them," Thompson said.
For the volunteers, they look forward to this every year.
"The volunteers who come to us know they're serving, they get this opportunity to touch another human life," Thompson said. "That's what really warms the heart of volunteers and lets them know their doing something good for the community."
Monday night was only the beginning of the annual journey. There's a long way to go. Thompson says they still need more donations.
"We're grateful to have any donations we can get for the clothing."
Organizers say they're expecting to serve 300-400 people each night. They will be out from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Last year, they served 16,000 meals and gave away 8,600 pieces of clothing. They are asking for large men's coats.
If you interested in volunteering, you can find more information at salarmyomaha.org
The program is Monday through Friday and ends March 9th.