IOWA CITY, Iowa (KWWL) - Ashton Hollis was trying to keep up with medical bills, in addition to normal expenses like rent and food, after hospital stints for her son and husband.
"I just couldn't handle my child's recovery and rent and all those things," Hollis said.
Hollis was adopted by a Salvation Army chapter when she was a teenager, so she knew the local chapter would be able to lend a hand when she needed it.
"They're very gracious people in trying to help us get back on our feet," Hollis said.
The Iowa City Salvation Army found Hollis' family a place to live this summer, taking a tremendous weight off of her, and she's now volunteering for them full-time.
"She doesn't like to sit around," Iowa City Captain Keith Graham said of Hollis. "The reason that she's in this circumstance, it's just unfortunate. It's not of her own doing. So, we're here to help her."
Hollis has bell ringing, shuttling around other volunteers and changing out donation buckets this season for the army.
"I like seeing the joy in people's eyes when you extend a hand and don't expect anything back," Hollis said.
Hollis hopes her family will be able to graduate from the army's assistance in the near future but has no intention of stopping her volunteering.
"It's good to have a serving heart," Hollis said.
"It's not about the dollars and cents, it's about what the dollars and cents do; changing lives one person at a time,' Graham said.
Organizers at the Iowa City chapter have raised over $45,000 for their 2019 Christmas Campaign as of this past weekend. However, they still have a long way to reach their goal of $250,000 by the end of January.