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The Salvation Army Hampton Roads Area Command has completed three days of Christmas distribution from its Christmas Depot at 4725 Virginia Beach Boulevard in Virginia Beach and served a total of 3,268 families over those three days, more than 9,400 are scheduled.

This year, thanks to the generous support of the Hampton Roads community, The Salvation Army is poised to serve more than 55,000 individuals across Hampton Roads during the Christmas season. The Christmas Depot, 4725 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach, will serve 1,200 to 1,300 families a day seeking toys, clothing, and food.

Through the three days a of Christmas distribution to qualified and approved residents of Norfolk, Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, and Portsmouth, 13,029 individuals have been served. In 2011, a total of 29,864 individuals in those four cities received the benefits of Christmas assistance. Gifts of new clothing and toys are still being accepted at the Christmas Depot in Virginia Beach.

Through its partnerships with Mini Price Storage, the United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots, and The Virginian Pilot Joy Fund, and WVEC-TV 13News, The Salvation Army is able to provide more than 20,000 southside children with toys this Christmas and more than 9,400 families with food. The Salvation Army’s partnership with WVEC-TV 13 on Angel Tree tags will provide many of the region’s 30,000 registered children with clothes this Christmas.

Through the three days of distribution to families in Norfolk, Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, and Portsmouth, the participation rate of registered families has been 77%. Families having missed their appointments over the three days have been fit-in to the distribution process and will continue to be fit-in as time and resources allow.

On the southside, distribution to registered families will run through Monday, December 17 from the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with the exception of closing at Noon at the final day and being closed on Sunday, December 16. On the peninsula, The Salvation Army will begin distribution on Monday, December 17 and conclude Friday, December 21 from its warehouse at 439 Oriana Road in Newport News.

The Salvation Army Hampton Area Command opened the doors to its Christmas Depot on Monday, December 10 at 9:00 a.m. for distribution of toys, stockings, clothes, and food for families enrolled in the annual Christmas assistance program.

This year, thanks to the generous support of the Hampton Roads community, The Salvation Army is poised to serve more than 55,000 individuals across Hampton Roads during the Christmas season. The Christmas Depot, 4725 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach, will serve 1,200 to 1,300 families a day seeking toys, clothing, and food.

Through the first day of distribution, 75% of the families registered for Christmas assistance visited the Christmas Depot to receive the gifts of toys, stockings, clothes, and food for their children and families. 2,088 children from 946 families received toys, 99.5% of those children also received gifts of clothing from the Angel Tree.

Through its partnerships with Mini Price Storage, the United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots, and The Virginian Pilot Joy Fund, and WVEC-TV 13News, The Salvation Army is able to provide more than 30,000 children with toys this Christmas and more than 8,300 families with food. The Salvation Army’s partnership with WVEC-TV 13 on Angel Tree tags will provide many of the 30,000 children registered with clothes this Christmas.

During Christmas distribution in 2011, The Salvation Army swerved approximately 6,600 families, approximately 9,400 are scheduled to come through the Christmas Depot in Virginia Beach in 2012. This year, The Salvation Army will serve approximately 60 families every 15 minutes beginning at 9:00 a.m. and closing at 4:00 p.m.

Distribution to registered families will run from Monday, December 10 through Monday, December 17 from the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., the Depot will be closed on Sunday, December 16. On the peninsula, The Salvation Army will begin distribution on Monday, December 17 and conclude Friday, December 21 from its warehouse at 439 Oriana Road in Newport News.

The Salvation Army is hosting a “Fill the Truck Event” on this Saturday, December 8, 2012 at local area Walmarts.

It is our hope that shoppers will help make Christmas a little more magical for children in need this year by donating a toy or coat and helping us fill the truck. The Salvation Army will provide the donations to local boys and girls to help make their Christmas wishes come true.
We are seeking lots of enthusiastic volunteers to greet shoppers and monitor the toy drop offs from 10:00AM – 6:00PM. The shifts will be from 10:00AM – 2:00PM and 2:00PM – 6:00PM.
Please contact Chere Flowers at chere_flowers@uss.salvationarmy.org if you are available to volunteer.

On Thursday, November 22, Thanksgiving Day, The Salvation Army will host and provide a Thanksgiving Day Community Meal at five locations across southside Hampton Roads.

The Thanksgiving Day Community Meal will be served from 10 AM to 1 PM at The Salvation Army Portsmouth Corps (2306 Airline Boulevard, Portsmouth), The Salvation Army Men’s Hope Center (203 West 19th Street, Norfolk), and The Salvation Army Norfolk Corps (5516 Raby Road, Norfolk). A Thanksgiving meal will also be served from the mobile kitchen at locations in Virginia Beach and Portsmouth. All are welcome at all locations.

“At a time of year when we give thanks, we are grateful to be able to serve those who may not be able to afford a traditional Thanksgiving meal,” said Captain Brett Meredith of The Salvation Army.

Generous support of the Thanksgiving Day Community Meal has come from Mattress Firm and Mattress Discounters whose employees donated funds to purchase 50 turkeys. Additional support will come from ECPI University, whose culinary school is preparing the turkeys, gravy and stuffing, Schaubach Companies of Virginia whose underwriting sponsorship of the Schaubach Golf Classic provided funds to purchase pies and casseroles, and Baker’s Crust who is preparing and donating green beans and mashed potatoes for the Thanksgiving Day Meal.

“We are thankful for businesses within our community who are willing to help us serve those in need with a plate of food,” said Captain Meredith. “The holidays are a time to serve with compassion while providing dignity to our neighbors in need.”

Individuals, families, civic groups, or churches wishing to support the Thanksgiving Day feeding program either as volunteers, through an in-kind donation, or monetary donations should visit SalvationArmyHRVA.org to learn more or call Chere’ Maxwell Flowers at (757) 543-8100.

The Salvation Army is also offering a mobile giving opportunity. The mobile component gives mobile users the ability to donate $5 via their mobile bill by texting SALHR to 80888 to and responding to the confirmation message with the word YES. Standard message and data rates may apply.

The Salvation Army is preparing to launch its annual Red Kettle campaign for Christmas 2012, displaying the iconic Red Kettles at stores and businesses across Hampton Roads from November 8 through December 24.

During the Christmas 2011 Red Kettle campaign, bell ringers across the country raised a record $147.6 million for The Salvation Army. In Hampton Roads, more than $391,700.00 was dropped in the kettles from early-November through Christmas Eve in support of The Salvation Army’s local programs and services.

“This year it is more important than ever that we remember our neighbors in need as we pass by the Red Kettle,” said Captain Brett Meredith of The Salvation Army. “We cannot continue to provide services at the level we have been providing them without your help.”

Volunteer support is crucial to the campaign’s success. The Salvation Army often has to pay individuals to ring bells at the kettles. When a volunteer rings a bell, 88 cents of every dollar dropped in a kettle is used to serve those in need.

“We want volunteers to serve at Red Kettle locations all over the area and we appreciate our local partners who invite us to ring year after year,” said Captain Meredith.

Those interested in <a href="volunteering can visit SalvationArmyHRVA.org to select a date, time and location and sign-up online.

The Salvation Army will also offer a mobile giving opportunity. The mobile component gives mobile users the ability to donate $5 via their mobile bill by texting SALHR to 80888 to and responding to the confirmation message with the word YES. Standard message and data rates may apply.

Funds raised in the early part of the Red Kettle campaign will assist in supporting The Salvation Army’s re-established Thanksgiving Day community meal. The Thanksgiving Day community meal will be served from 10 AM to 1 PM at three locations, The Salvation Army Portsmouth Corps (2306 Airline Boulevard, Portsmouth), The Salvation Army Men’s Hope Center (203 West 19th Street, Norfolk), and The Salvation Army Norfolk Corps (5516 Raby Road, Norfolk). A thanksgiving meal will also be served from the mobile kitchen at locations in Virginia Beach and Portsmouth.

The Red Kettle campaign began in 1891 when a Salvation Army officer set up a large pot at the foot of Market St. in San Francisco, CA to collect money for the poor, by 1895 the campaign had spread to 30 cities across the country. The Salvation Army has been serving Hampton Roads since 1905.

You, too, can be a red kettle-keeper, a bell-ringer, a bright smile-giver, this Holiday season.

The Salvation Army needs volunteer Bell Ringers at our Red Kettle this SATURDAY from 9am – 6pm!

The Red Kettle Campaign raises money to support our programs throughout the year, and we need your help. Funds raised in your community stay in your community!

Volunteers may stand at a Kettle a minimum of three hours.

If you are interested please contact Chere Flowers at chere_flowers@uss.salvationarmy.org or 757-544-2909.

Hampton Roads, VA (October 29, 2012) – The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (“EDS”) in Virginia and Washington, DC has begun its work in response to the early effects of Hurricane Sandy.

The Salvation Army in Hampton Roads began response relief on Saturday evening providing shelter for 63 individuals. Since opening on Saturday evening, the shelter in downtown Norfolk has served 350 meals and distributed 70 hygiene kits. On Sunday evening, 71 people, 68 men and 3 women, found shelter at the Men’s Hope Center in Norfolk. The Salvation Army office will continue nonstop shelter services until the threat of harm from storm conditions clears and normal city and government services reopen.

Upon Sandy passing through the Hampton Roads region, The Salvation Army will work with local municipalities and other organizations to dispatch mobile feeding units, volunteers and resources to the accessible areas of greatest need.

For more information on The Salvation Army’s preparation, suggested supplies, planning and response to Hurricane Irene, please visit http://www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org, http://www.facebook.com/salarmyhr or http://twitter.com/salarmyhr.

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On Wednesday, August 1 The Salvation Army and Hampton Roads partners WVEC-TV 13News, Chick-fil-A, Farm Fresh and Grand Furniture began The Write Stuff, a month long campaign to collect school supplies for The Salvation Army to distribute to children in need prior to them going back to school.

Distribution of the donated school supplies will run from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, August 29-31. Those seeking school supplies for their children can visit TheThe Write Stuff Salvation Army during the hours of distribution and complete an application. Parents and guardians must bring with them picture ID, proof of income or public assistance, a birth certificate and social security card for each child ages 4-18. During distribution, The Salvation Army will also begin accepting application for Christmas assistance. Birth certificates and social security cards are for identification purposes only and confidential information will not be recorded and /or kept.

Throughout the month of August, the Hampton Roads community has the opportunity to donate new school supplies at local Chick-fil-A, Farm Fresh, and Grand Furniture locations more than 60 locations. Donated supplies may range from backpacks, notebook paper, pens, pencils and crayons to calculators, highlighters, index cards, rulers and pencil wallets; all the items needed to help children prepare for a successful school year.

In 2011, The Salvation Army served more than 1,400 area families and more than 3,200 children through The Write Stuff and in past years has served as many as 4,600 children across Hampton Roads.

Sonya and Crystal thank Fulton Bank for having raised money to help send 9 children to fun, safe, educational Salvation Army summer camps. Nicole, who had just returned from summer camp, talks about her experience.

During the first week of July, The Salvation Army offered the Community Challenge as a way for Hampton Roads corporations, businesses and organizations to get involved with The Salvation Army’s mission of providing human services to those in need. During JoKellthe Community Challenge partners competed against one another to raise the most money for The Salvation Army by ringing bells and promoting their own online red kettles.

Community Challenge partners JoKell, Checkered Flag, Northwestern Mutual and Stihl along with The Salvation Army Advisory Board and Women’s Auxiliary helped raise more than $7,000 towards the $10,000 goal that will help send at-risk youth to summer camps, provide food supplements to hungry families and provide cooling assistance to families on the verge of having their utilities disconnected as well as help sustain larger programs such as the Men’s Hope Center Shelter and women’s transitional housing program HOPE Village.

“We are most grateful for our faithful community partners who are helping us remind folks that there are many in need year round. It’s about neighbors helping neighbors,” said Captain Brett Meredith, Salvation Army Tidewater Area Commander.

At present, The Salvation Army is approximately $2,800 short of the $10,000 goal for the Community Challenge. To support and help Salvation Army programs and services continue to their fullest potential please donate via the link below.

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