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"Everybody Is Just Fantastic For Giving Help" At Salvation Army Norridge Citadel Corps

CHICAGO (CBS) -- On the outskirts of the city's Northwest Side, a Salvation Army center is a beehive of activity, and it's all about helping people.

Maj. Brian Davis and his wife, Lesa, run the Salvation Army Norridge Citadel Corps in northwest suburban Norridge.

Davis said the people who get help at Norridge Citadel might be different than the stereotypes some people have.

"Many of the people we have are people who are employed. They just need a little help to make ends meet," he said.

The center has a monthly food pantry, a weekly bread giveaway, after-school programs, emergency financial assistance, and more.

"Many times what we hear from people is 'For years I've given to the Salvation Army, for years I'd never go by a red kettle without putting money in, or I'd write a check, or whatever, and I never thought it'd get to this point,'" Davis said.


David Babula, 61, is one of those people, and now he's getting the help he gave others.

"This was always the one charity organization that I knew that my money went where it's supposed to," he said.

Babula has been getting help at Norridge Citadel for the past couple years.

"Everybody is just fantastic for giving help, and in some ways that I don't think they even realize that they're doing it," he said.

Babula said he lives alone, and has a very supportive family, but doesn't know what he'd do without the Salvation Army.

"I would see myself in a very dire situation," he said.

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