With retail sales on the upswing, there are signs the long-sputtering economy is beginning to improve, but the Parkersburg Salvation Army still expects requests for financial help and providing toys to be up from last year's Christmas season.
The reason, say army officials, is that it takes a while for individuals to benefit after an economic turnaround begins.
"It's still going to take six to eight months to get the economy back up where they're going to get back into the flow of things," says Rodger Bradley.
The Parkersburg Army offices on Fifth Street began taking assistance requests on the first of October. Bradley says needy individuals can make applications until Thanksgiving.