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It’s the Holiday Season!

It’s the Holiday Season!
The Salvation Army & WVEC-TV 13NewsNow Kick Off the Holidays

Hampton Roads, VA (November 1, 2013) – On Thursday, November 14, The Salvation Army and WVEC-TV 13NewsNow will kick off the 2013 Angel Tree campaign at Pembroke Mall in Virginia Beach with an official Red Kettle Kickoff. The Angel Tree campaign provides children in need with clothing and other apparel for Christmas. Kettle donations assist local families at the holidays, as well as all year long.

Since 1984, WVEC-TV and The Salvation Army have teamed up to provide clothes to thousands of children in Hampton Roads. In 2012, the Angel Tree campaign provided gifts of clothing to over 16,000 children throughout the region.

“We are grateful for the longstanding partnership with WVEC and the many people in Hampton Roads who support us by taking an Angel Tree tag home. It is truly all about neighbors helping neighbors!” said Captain Brett Meredith of The Salvation Army Hampton Roads Area Command.

Angel Tree is an opportunity for the public to “adopt an angel” for Christmas. Individuals should purchase at least two clothing items for their “angel” and return them unwrapped to the location where they picked-up the tag by Friday, December 6. Christmas Assistance distribution begins on Saturday, December 14 and concludes on Saturday, December 21. Applications for Christmas Assistance were mailed to elementary schools, accepted during The Write Stuff back to school distribution and during various days in October. A new revised application schedule has been extended through November 15.

Angel Tree was created by The Salvation Army in 1979 by Lt. Colonels Charles and Shirley White when they worked with a Lynchburg, Virginia shopping mall to provide clothing and toys for children at Christmas time. The program got its name because the Whites identified the wishes of local children by writing their gift needs on Hallmark greeting cards that featured pictures of angels. They placed the cards on a Christmas tree at the mall to allow shoppers to select children to help. Thanks to Lt. Cols. White, who were assigned by The Army to the Lynchburg area at the time, more than 700 children had a brighter Christmas that first year.

Each year in Hampton Roads, The Salvation Army displays over 150 kettles across the region to raise funds to support ongoing work. When a volunteer rings a bell, 83 cents of each dollar dropped in a kettle is used to support Salvation Army programs and services in the Hampton Roads community.

The history of The Salvation Army kettles dates back to 1891 in San Francisco when Captain Joseph McFee was distraught over the growing number of hungry individuals in the city. He placed a pot at the Oakland Ferry Landing that collected money to serve the needy at Christmas. By 1901, the kettle program spread to Boston and New York City, providing funds to feed thousands. Today in the U.S., The Salvation Army assists more than four-and-a-half million people during Thanksgiving and Christmas. Public contributions to Salvation Army kettles enable the organization to continue its year-round efforts at helping those who would otherwise be forgotten.

The Salvation Army is grateful for the ongoing support from our partners at WVEC, The Virginian-Pilot Joy Fund, Marine Corps Toys for Tots and Operation Blessing who make our Christmas program a success.

To support The Salvation Army in doing the most good in Hampton Roads, please visit SalvationArmyHRVA.org or call (757) 543-8100.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 83 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to SalvationArmyHRVA.org.

Salvation Army Sees 77% Participation Rate Through 3 Days of Christmas Distribution

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 Begins 2012 Christmas Distribution

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 Prepares to Launch Annual Red Kettle Campaign

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.