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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.

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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 Opens Cooling Stations

Due to extreme heat, The Salvation Army Tidewater Area Command’s Norfolk and Portsmouth Corps will serve as cooling stations when temperatures reach 95 degrees and above. The expansion in services will provide comfort and relief to the growing number of individuals without access to shelter by offering critical refuge from the summer heat.

Captain Meredith states, “The Salvation Army has always aimed to served those most vulnerable and this is an area we can assist those who are not fortunate enough to have air conditioning in the hottest part of the day.”

Cooling stations will be open during business hours from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday when temperatures reach 95 degrees and beyond. These services are an extension to “Water Outreach” currently provided at The Salvation Army’s Men’s Hope Center Shelter near downtown Norfolk. The Salvation Army Portsmouth and Norfolk Corps provide daily social services including utility assistance and food supplements to families and individuals in need, as well as offering worship opportunities and youth programming throughout the week.

Volunteers are needed to assist in running the cooling stations. Please contact Shelby Moore at 543-8100 x106 or shelby_moore@uss.salvationarmy.org for more information.

The Salvation Army Portsmouth Corps Vandalized

On the evening of Tuesday, July 10 The Salvation Army Portsmouth Corps had three of its external air conditioning units destroyed by vandals. The destruction of the air conditioning units leaves much of the facility without working air conditioning, a critical feature of the facility during the summer months when clients visit the office seeking services and refuge from the summer heat.

“It is disheartening to believe that anyone would do damage to The Salvation Army where people come to find help and hope,” said Captain Brett Meredith, Salvation Army Tidewater Area Commander.

The Salvation Army Portsmouth Corps provides daily social services including utility assistance and food supplements to families and individuals in need in Portsmouth as well as offering worship opportunities and youth programming throughout the week.

A police report has been filed. The Salvation Army requests that anyone with knowledge of this crime or potential suspects call the Crime Line at 888-LOCK-U-UP. Companies or individuals interested in donating to assist with the replacement of these HVAC units, please contact The Salvation Army at 543-8100.

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The Salvation Army Men’s Hope Center Expands Services

The Salvation Army’s Men’s Hope Center in downtown Norfolk is extending weekly homeless day service hours effective Monday, July 2, 2012. The extension equates to an additional day of service programming on Thursdays and the inclusion of women’s hygiene services daily.

Captain Brett Meredith says, “We want to accommodate as many people as possible, and this expansion of services allows us to assist half of the homeless population daily instead of just once a week.”

The Men’s Hope Center, located in the Ghent area of Norfolk at 203 West 19th Street will now offer day services programming on Thursdays between 9AM and 2PM which includes employment counseling, housing and substance abuse counseling and services; hygiene services such as clothing assistance, showers and laundry access; and additional services such as voicemail accounts, storage and vital record retrieval. In addition to the now full week of day services, the Hope Center will now offer women’s hygiene services from 2:30PM to 3:30PM Monday through Friday.

“The services that we provide to the homeless are invaluable, and we want to assist them in ways that can help stabilize their lives so that they have a shot at transitioning off the streets. This is central to our goal of serving suffering humanity and fighting poverty in its many forms,” said Captain Meredith.

Between July 1st, 2011 and June 22nd, 2012 The Salvation Army’s Men’s Hope Center served 965 unduplicated homeless singles. In serving these individuals services primarily focused on both meeting immediate needs but also serving as a first step of moving the individuals toward employment and housing opportunities.

The site also functions as a 30 bed emergency shelter for men and soup kitchen providing 12 soup kitchen offerings a week to homeless individuals in the area and a total of seven meal offerings to men staying in the shelter. In the last 12 months 1,376 men received 6,758 nights of shelter in addition to 40,409 meals provided.

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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

 

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The Salvation Army Responds to Carbon Monoxide Evacuation in Portsmouth

Salvation Army personnel throughout Hampton Roads are responding to the carbon monoxide presence in the 1700 block of South Street in Portsmouth that left two people dead. Approximately 100 other residents in the area were evacuated after their respective buildings tested positive for high levels of carbon monoxide.

On Saturday, June 23, a Salvation Army mobile kitchen unit and volunteers from area churches will be at the site to provide lunch and dinner as well as emotional and spiritual assistance to the displaced residents in the area. Beginning Friday, June 22 and throughout the duration of residents’ displacement, Salvation Army officers will be available to assist with residents’ needs.

Captain Brett Meredith, Area Commander of The Salvation Army, shares, “I am concerned for the welfare of those who have been displaced by the carbon monoxide and that our hearts go out to the families of those who have lost their lives. The Salvation Army stands ready to minister to the residents whether it is by serving a meal or having a listening ear or saying a prayer.”

In the short-term aftermath of the deaths and high carbon monoxide levels, Salvation Army officers, staff, and volunteers will focus primarily on immediate needs providing food, emotional and spiritual care to impacted individuals and families.

Salvation Army mobile feeding units will be positioned in the following area:

-Swanson Homes Community Center (1800 South St, Portsmouth, VA) serving lunch and dinner

The best way to help survivors and relief workers is to make a financial contribution. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors.

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by high carbon monoxide levels visit www.SalvationArmyHRVA.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769). Donors may also contribute $5 via their phone bill by text messaging the word SALHR to 80888, and confirming the donation with the word, “Yes.” Checks may be made out to The Salvation Army Disaster Relief, PO BOX 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301. Please designate ‘carbon monoxide relief’ on all checks.

    • A $10 donation feeds a disaster survivor for one day
    • A $30 donation provides one food box, containing staple foods for a family of four, or one household cleanup kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets and other cleaning supplies
    • A $100 donation can serve snacks and drinks for 125 survivors and emergency personnel at the scene of a disaster
    • A $250 donation can provide one hot meal to 100 people or keep a hydration station operational for 24 hours
    • A $500 donation keeps a Salvation Army canteen (mobile feeding unit) fully operational for one day

At this point, in-kind donations are not being accepted. Used clothing and used furniture are seldom required during an incident. However, these gifts are vitally important in supporting the day-to-day work of your local Salvation Army. Please consider giving these items to your local Salvation Army Family Store or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825).

For the latest emergency disaster services news, please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org and follow the EDS team on Twitter @SalArmyEDS. Interested parties may also visit SalvationArmyHRVA.org, http://www.facebook.com/salarmyhr, and follow SalArmyHR on Twitter at http://twitter.com/salarmyhr.

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Salvation Army Community Challenge

24 hours in the lives of a Salvation Army client can be difficult. Your gift of 24 hours devoted to raising funds and awareness of The Salvation Army’s mission for serving those in need can make a world of difference.

The long and short of it is that if you and your company devoted 24 hours of your work week to raising $50 each hour, whether it be through bell ringing or your Online Red Kettle you’d raise $1,200! If your company provided a 100% match that’s $2,400 that can be used to feed families, pay utility bills, send children to camp, keep the homeless cool and much more. It may not seem like much but with $2,400 The Salvation Army can change someone’s next 24 hours.

How to Participate

  • Select volunteer bell ringing dates & shifts for your employees
  • Use email and social media to fundraise in your company’s Online Red Kettle
  • Commit to match your Red Kettle and online donations
  • Sign the commitment form and secure you company’s Community Challenge spot

Fun Stuff

  • The Salvation Army will include participant names in press releases, media coverage, social media updates, website updates.
  • Participants will also receive recognition in The Salvation Army’s Annual Report
  • The overall champion will receive a plaque and recognition at The Salvation Army’s Annual Dinner on September 27, 2012

All funds donated to The Salvation Army’s Community Challenge will support The Salvation Army’s programs and services here in Hampton Roads, including food supplements, youth camps, women’s transitional housing and men’s shelter programs & services and
other social services. 24 hours from your week can help change the future of someone else’s.

Please contact Nicole Pellegrino (757-581-2362 or nicole_pellegrino@uss.salvationarmy.org) to schedule bell ringing date and location as well as to receive information on your Online Red Kettle.