Francesca Collett, 9; her sister Julianna, 10; and friend Samantha Centola, 8; wrestled with bags of 12-pound turkeys and protruding aluminium roasting pans Saturday morning, their adult-size Salvation Army volunteer shirts hanging to their knees. The organization handed out about 2,000 food baskets in Boston Saturday, up from about 1,200 last year, said Major Ivan K. Rock, general secretary of the Salvation Army’s Massachusetts division. The increased need for assistance during the holidays mirrors what the organization has seen throughout the year.
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