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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.

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Community Challenge Update

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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The Salvation Army to Deploy Red Kettles

The Salvation Army Tidewater Area Command will put out its iconic red kettles for the first week of July in an effort to raise awareness of those who are most vulnerable in our community. Community partners such as Checkered Flag, JoKell and Northwestern Mutual will all participate in the Community Challenge, both ringing bells at local ABC and Harris Teeter stores and raising funds online through the Online Red Kettle at SalvationArmyHRVA.org.

“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.

This summer The Salvation Army is sending at-risk children to safe, educational summer camps, providing cooling assistance to families on the verge having utilities disconnected, providing food supplements to more than 150 families a week, among other larger programs such as the Men’s Hope Center Shelter and Hope Village, women’s transitional housing center.

“When you give to The Salvation Army, your dollars will stay right here in Hampton Roads to fight poverty and serve suffering humanity,” said Captain Meredith.

This will be the fourth year that The Salvation Army Tidewater Area Command has deployed red kettles in the month of July. It is the first year of having support from community partners like Checkered Flag, JoKell and Northwestern Mutual.

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Click here for Checkered Flag Online Red Kettle
Click here for JoKell Online Red Kettle
Click here for Northwestern Mutual Online Red Kettle