by: Chrystal Blair, Ozarks First

The Salvation Army in Branson is reaching out to those who won’t be home for the holidays because they’re homeless.

Branson charities are facing many challenges after numerous extended stay hotels closed their doors permanently.

The Salvation Army is one of those non-profits working diligently to help those who are in need through their Red Kettle campaign and donations.

However, their resources are limited and they’re also running into obstacles with some of the existing hotels.

“We just have a hard time with hotels who don’t have any rooms, or they don’t work with our delayed payment system, or they don’t have photo ID’s, which is mandatory in the city of Branson,” McCormick said. “You have to have a photo ID, or you cannot be put into a hotel. Because nobody wants to be responsible for somebody saying they’re one person and they’re really somebody else. So, that’s kind of our biggest need right now.”

Captain Linda McCormick with The Salvation Army in Branson said they’re also dealing with a shortage of red kettle bell ringer volunteers.

With the temperatures expecting to drop below freezing, the Salvation Army will open their warming centers, which includes a meal.