Thanksgiving with The Salvation Army


Hampton Roads, VA (November 7, 2013)
– As the economy struggles to recover and unemployment remains high, The Salvation Army is sounding an urgent call to Hampton Roads’ neighbors to respond generously to the needs of the less fortunate this Thanksgiving. The Army is asking for immediate donations of cash and non-perishable food, to help with meal service during the Thanksgiving holiday.

The Salvation Army will be providing Thanksgiving food for thousands and hot meals for more than 1000 people this year through the mobile canteen and at the following location(s) and time(s):

Thanksgiving Day Community Meal: Thursday, November 28 11AM – 2PM
Norfolk Corps Community Center, 5516 Raby Road, Norfolk
Portsmouth Corps Community Center, 2306 Airline Boulevard, Portsmouth
HOPE Men’s Center, 203 West 19th Street, Norfolk

“Through our annual golf tournament and your generous donations, we hope to provide food to those in need in Hampton Roads this Thanksgiving season and throughout the year,” says Captain Brett Meredith of The Salvation Army. The number of families finding themselves in desperate financial straits continues to increase in Hampton Roads. The need for compassionate support from the public is more essential than ever.

“We know people have been seriously affected by the deep recession over the past few years, and we are grateful to generous friends who have provided faithful support for those struggling to make ends meet,” says Captain Meredith. “Unfortunately, the need has not decreased, and the level of public support is just not keeping up. It is particularly sad for us to see the growing numbers of families with children who have lost their homes and are now needing our help.”

The economic situation has contributed to the drop in local donations too. In fact, some who have been generous supporters in the past are now coming to our doors in need of help themselves. We currently serve over 1000 individuals through our food pantry each month.

Many struggling individuals feel forgotten and disheartened as they approach the Thanksgiving season, but The Salvation Army believes the community will once again step forward and help those who need it most. “We’ve been doing this work for over 100 years so we’re not going to turn away any deserving neighbor now,” says Captain Meredith. “The Salvation Army plans on doing the most good we can with the gifts we receive to help those in the greatest need in our community. We urge our friends, those whose circumstances will allow, to dig deep this year to spread the spirit of Thanksgiving to those who are facing particularly hard times.

To donate to The Salvation Army, please call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, 757-543-8100, mail your gift to P.O. Box 388, Norfolk, VA 23501 or make a donation online at

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 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

After School Program

Amid reports of declining test scores and drops in accreditation are also concerns of safety and where children can go while parents finish out the work day. The Salvation Army offers a solution.

The Salvation Army After School Program provides a safe environment for kids ages five through 12. The program includes tutoring by college and high school students, Bible lessons, recreation and craft activities, snacks and much more.

The After School Program, beginning September 2013, is designed to provide youth a safe haven to increase academic potential, to provide quality and affordable care, to teach character and self-esteem building, as well as socialization while instilling values and serving our community’s youth and their families. It will operate under state licensing guidelines for children in grades 1 through 5 and has been created based on models used in The Salvation Army across the nation. The program is currently undergoing the licensing process.

The After School Program will be staffed with a full-time After School Program Coordinator, a Youth Activity Coordinator and Program Aides. Transportation will be provided from the local elementary campuses each weekday, allowing increased access to parents in search of affordable after school care and at-risk youth the opportunity for additional assistance.

There is a clear need for after school programming in Hampton Roads. According to a study by the Afterschool Alliance, in 2009, 24% of Virginia’s K-12 youth were responsible for the care of themselves and siblings after school. It is estimated that these 311,585 children spend an average of 9 hours unsupervised after school, leaving ample time for injury or unhealthy behaviors.

“We are excited to be able to offer a service that is certainly needed in our community. An opportunity for children to learn and grow, but also peace of mind for parents,” said Captain Brett Meredith of The Salvation Army.

The program begins September 3 and costs $40/week (or $130/month) per child. Registration forms are available at 5525 Raby Road, Norfolk, VA 23502.

For more than 130 years, The Salvation Army has provided America’s youth a chance to experience educational enrichment, life skills development, and spiritual and physical wellness. Such experiences allow at-risk children and adolescents to envision and pursue better futures for themselves and their families.