A few weeks before Christmas, a City of Harrisonburg police officer found two boys going through items left outside The Salvation Army’s Family Store on East Washington Street. In talking with the boys, the officer learned that as their families were poor they feared that they would not receive any gifts on Christmas Day. The distraught boys were searching for toys and other items for themselves and for their siblings for Christmas.
When The Salvation Army learned of the situation, the police officer was informed that The Salvation Army would be pleased to help the families with gifts for their children along with food for their Christmas meal. As the names of the families and contact information were confidential and could not be provided to The Salvation Army, the police officer kindly agreed to communicate to both families the offer of assistance and The Salvation Army’s telephone number. Though the Christmas application period concluded months before, The Salvation Army wanted to help the two families with their needs.
With the officer’s encouragement, one of the families called for assistance. As for the other family, possibly unknown to their son, the family was already registered to receive assistance. The Salvation Army was pleased to meet with the parents of the family that called, complete an application, and then have the parents come to the Rockingham County Fairgrounds on distribution day to receive gifts for their children and food for their Christmas table.
Annually on behalf of a generous community, The Salvation Army is pleased to assist 700 to 850 Harrisonburg/Rockingham low-income families to have a joyous Christmas.