Salvation Army seeks donations after break-in over holiday weekend

The Salvation Army of Paris needs monetary donations after the building was broken into earlier this month.

Major David Hodge said he was woken up early Sunday morning after he was notified the Salvation Army building had been broken into.

“They broke in by shattering the glass out of both front doors,” Hodge said. “We were up until 3 a.m. trying to board it up and making sure no money was stolen.”

Paris Police Lt. John Berry said officers searched the building, but found no one inside. Despite the fact no money was stolen, the group still needs help paying for the damages.

“We do need help, both money and muscle, to get this fixed,” Hodge said. 

In addition to fixing the broken windows, Hodge said the group desperately needs more volunteers to help continue feeding those in need.

“We just don’t have enough people to stay open very long,” Hodge said. “Right now, my wife and I are the ones cooking the meals.”

Hodge said the group could really use a cook, and this could turn into a paid position very quickly.

“We just need someone who knows what they are doing to commit to cooking these meals on a regular basis,” Hodge said.

Anyone interested in donating time or money can call 903-784-2471 or email

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