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      Macomb Salvation Army looking to expand

      The Salvation Army in Macomb helps thousands of people each year. They are one of the many organizations that help the community.

      The Salvation Army in Macomb helps thousands of people each year. They are one of the many organizations that help the community.

      "We serve the whole population of Macomb and Bushnell, people very close, all the ones that come from here and there, we provide for everybody," Michael Crowe, a Salvation Army Volunteer said.

      Crowe has been working at the Salvation Army close to 10 months. He says he's met a lot of people who need the service they offer.

      The Army supplies bread and other staples. They pass out gifts throughout the year. And they also offer fitness programs.

      Captain Allen Otto, Director of the Salvation Army says he and his staff could do even more with more space.

      "We are at the very beginning evaluating programs, how we can expand them and also who out in the community because we can come up with a long list of programs we'd love to offer but if we can't come up with enough money to build that facility and all of a sudden it becomes a struggle because we want to help as many people as we can," Captain Allen Otto said.

      Captain Otto says time is precious and the longer they are operating in a smaller space, the less people they can help.

      "Can't wait around for a property and a building, we're out there asking next week, two weeks, I hope to meet with an owner of a business to say what are you doing with that empty building," Captain Otto said.

      Whether the building is new or renovated to suit the Army's needs, Captain Otto hopes to be serving more people by 2015.

      If you would like to donate to Salvation Army Macomb, you can contact Captain Allen Otto at 309-837-4824 or at 505 N. Randolph St.