Salvation Army of Greater Lynchburg Issues Urgent Plea for Breakfast Supplies

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Media Contact:
Tammy Shank
Director of Development
2211 Park Ave, Lynchburg, VA
434-845-5939
tammy.shank@uss.salvationarmy.org

Lynchburg, VA (March 20, 2017) –The Salvation Army of Greater Lynchburg is experiencing substantial supply shortages in breakfast items. Last year, the Community Feeding Program provided more than 39,000 meals to individuals in need. This is a 40 percent increase in individuals served over the previous year. Since the beginning of 2017, the amount of individuals needing assistance has continued to grow. “We are seeing more senior citizens and veterans,” stated Food Services Director Carol Kirby. “Many of our elderly citizens run out of social security benefits by month end and rely on this program to eat.”

Breakfast supplies with longer shelf life such as cereal, instant oatmeal, sugar, coffee and creamer are at critically low levels falling 70 to 80 percent behind where supplies should be at this point in the year. There is also a need for hot breakfast items such as eggs, bacon, and sausage, as well as milk and juice. With spring and summer breaks for local school children right around the corner, there is an increased sense of urgency to replace these items quickly due to an anticipated increase in the number of individuals needing help.

The Community Feeding Program is one of many services provided by The Salvation Army’s Center of Hope. Donations of food items from the community help lower overall expenses, which allow the feeding program to provide two meals a day, seven days a week for 365 days a year. The Center of Hope serves residents of Lynchburg, Bedford, Appomattox, Amherst, Nelson and Campbell counties. Donations can be dropped off at the Center of Hope at 2211 Park Avenue in Lynchburg daily.

To learn more about the work of the Salvation Army of Greater Lynchburg and opportunities to financially support or volunteer in one of its community programs, please visit http://virginiasalvationarmy.org/lynchburgva/ or contact us at 434-845-5939.

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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London 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. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

The Salvation Army Begins 2017 by Reaching Important Goal

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Tammy Shank
Director of Development
2211 Park Ave, Lynchburg, VA
434-845-5939
tammy.shank@uss.salvationarmy.org

Lynchburg, VA (December 28, 2016) – The Salvation Army of Greater Lynchburg announced today that the 2016 Red Kettle Campaign raised $269,314 surpassing its $250,000 goal. This is the largest amount raised to date in the more than 60 years the Red Kettle Campaign has been part of the Greater Lynchburg community. “Reaching this goal was essential for us to be able to maintain the work we do in the community 365 days a year,” said Captain Donald Dohmann. “We are thankful for the incredible generosity of the people who call the Greater Lynchburg area home and will use these funds to continue our mission of ‘Doing the Most Good’ for those in the most need.”

The Red Kettle Campaign is part of an overall budget of $2.7 million that enables The Salvation Army of Greater Lynchburg to maintain the Center of Hope homeless shelter, the community feeding program, the emergency financial assistance program and several youth and adult enrichment programs in the community. “We raise funds year-round through donations, grants, and fundraising events to support our annual budget,” stated Director of Development Tammy Shank. “The Red Kettle Campaign is the first fundraising event of our fiscal year, and reaching the goal means we are on target to meet what are greatly anticipated needs in our community in the coming year.”

The Salvation Army credits the success of this campaign to the hundreds of individuals, companies, churches and civic organizations who volunteered to ring the bells and placed donations in the kettle during this year’s campaign. Individual donations ranged from a penny all the way up to $1,000. The Red Kettle Campaign began in San Francisco in 1891, and has been in Lynchburg since approximately the 1950s. The fundraising event runs from the first week in November through December 24 annually. In addition to the amount given in the Red Kettles, the community donated gifts for more than 1,800 children and elderly during this year’s Angel Tree program, which runs simultaneously with the Red Kettle Campaign.

To learn more about the work of the Salvation Army of Greater Lynchburg and opportunities to financially support or volunteer in one of its community programs, please visit http://virginiasalvationarmy.org/lynchburgva/.
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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London 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. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

Community Partnership to Provide a Special Thanksgiving Day Dinner for Lynchburg Residents

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Media Contact:
Tammy Shank
Director of Development
2211 Park Ave, Lynchburg, VA
434-845-5939
tammy.shank@uss.salvationarmy.org

Community Partnership to Provide a Special Thanksgiving Day Dinner for Lynchburg Residents

Lynchburg, VA (November 23, 2016) –The Salvation Army of Greater Lynchburg is partnering with Jacked Rabbit Food Truck and Evangafest of Moneta to provide a special Thanksgiving Day meal as part of the Salvation Army’s community feeding program. On Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 24, dinner will be served in front of the Salvation Army’s Center of Hope building on Park Avenue from 4-6 pm to residents of the shelter and members of the community. “We are so appreciative of this partnership with Jacked Rabbit,” stated Salvation Army Food Services Director Carol Kirby. “The residents and members of the community have been looking forward to this meal for some time.”

Jacked Rabbit Food Truck specializes in vegan entrees with flair. Owner Loralee Walters has reached out to residents of the community to create a special menu for the day. “We have received a number of requests for our Jackfruit BBQ Sandwich,” stated Walters. “We want it to be special for the community. This is the second year we have been able to provide a meal during the holiday season and are so thankful to be able to continue the tradition and expand it to include both Thanksgiving and Christmas.” The Salvation Army’s dining room will be open for those needing a warm place to eat and desserts will be served as part of the Thanksgiving meal.

The Salvation Army of Greater Lynchburg’s community feeding program provides breakfast and dinner 365 days a year and is one of several community services provided by the Corp. The Lynchburg Salvation Army serves Lynchburg, Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, Campbell and Nelson counties and has been part of the community for more than 115 years. If you would like more information about this program or how you can support or partner with The Salvation Army, please call 434-845-5939 or visit http://virginiasalvationarmy.org/lynchburgva/.

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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London 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. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

Ring a Bell and Help Those in Need

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Media Contact:
Tammy Shank
Director of Development
2211 Park Ave, Lynchburg, VA
434-845-5939
tammy.shank@uss.salvationarmy.org

Ring a Bell and Help Those in Need

Lynchburg, VA (November 7, 2016) – The bells are ringing, and The Salvation Army of Greater Lynchburg needs the community’s help. Last year, more than 54,000 hot meals were served, 13,000 nights of lodging were given and more than 6,500 people received financial assistance through The Salvation Army’s Center of Hope. In addition, more than 6,000 gifts were given to children and the elderly through the Angel Tree program and members of the community received disaster relief assistance and youth enrichment programs provided by The Salvation Army.

This past year, The Salvation Army’s Center of Hope has seen an increase in women, children and the elderly needing shelter and financial assistance. The Center of Hope, which provides the community feeding program, family financial services and the homeless shelter, is funded through donations from the community and the Red Kettle Campaign. In order to meet a growing need in the Greater Lynchburg area, the 2016 Red Kettle goal is to raise $250,000. “Every year The Salvation Army of Lynchburg relies on faithful volunteers and donors to make the annual “Red Kettle” campaign successful,” states Corps Captain Donald Dohmann. “Thousands of individuals turn to The Salvation Army though-out the year. I encourage the citizens of our community to give of their time as a volunteer at a “red kettle” location or to cheerfully give when they pass by a “red kettle” this holiday season!”

The Salvation Army of Greater Lynchburg serves Lynchburg, Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, Campbell and Nelson counties and has been a part of the Greater Lynchburg community for more than 110 years. If you would like more information on how you can volunteer, please call 434-845-5939. To make an online donation, please visit #redkettlereason or you may also text GiveHelp to 71777. (standard messaging and text rates apply).

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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London 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. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

Angel Tree Sign-Ups Are Happening Now for the Greater Lynchburg Community!

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Media Contact:
Tammy Shank
Director of Development
2211 Park Ave, Lynchburg, VA
434-845-5939
tammy.shank@uss.salvationarmy.org

Lynchburg, VA (October 10, 2016) – The Salvation Army of Greater Lynchburg is taking applications now for those in need of Angel Tree gifts this Christmas season. Scheduled sign-ups are taking place this week; Oct. 10 through Oct. 14 during the following times: 9 am -12 pm and 1 pm -3 pm at the Salvation Army of Lynchburg 2211 Park Ave. Please visit virginiasalvationarmy.org/lynchburgva/ for information regarding alternate dates and sign-up extensions.

The Angel Tree Program for the Salvation Army began in Lynchburg, VA in 1979 and has since expanded into an international movement providing gifts to children whose families are financially struggling during the Christmas season. Last year, more than 2,400 needy children living in the communities of Lynchburg, Bedford, Amherst, Altavista, Campbell and Nelson County received new gifts and clothing as a result of this program.

Volunteers are also needed to help organize and dispense donations during the months of November and December. If you would like more information on how you can help by volunterring, please visit the Salvation Army’s website or contact them at 434-845-5939. Individuals who volunteer cannot be recipients of the Angel Tree program.
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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London 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. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

Lynchburg Salvation Army Requests Help in Preparation for Hurricane Matthew

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Media Contact:
Tammy Shank
Director of Development
2211 Park Ave, Lynchburg, VA
434-845-5939
tammy.shank@uss.salvationarmy.org

Lynchburg Salvation Army Requests Help in Preparation for Hurricane Matthew

Lynchburg, VA (October 4, 2016) – The Salvation Army of Lynchburg is seeking help from the community in providing supplies to areas who are at high risk of suffering the effects of Hurricane Matthew. As of 11 am on Tues., Oct 4, Hurricane Matthew was listed as a category four hurricane with sustained winds of 145 miles an hour with a 60 mile reach. Current weather estimates are for Matthew to continue to remain a powerful hurricane through at least Wednesday.

A supply drive will take place at Sam’s Club located at 3912 Wards Rd in Lynchburg VA on Thurs., Oct. 6 from 9 am to 6 pm and on Mon., Oct. 10 from 9 am to 6 pm. The Salvation Army of Lynchburg is asking the community to donate water, paper products, #10 cans of food, breakfast items, coffee, cleaning supplies and other supplies of need. Items can be dropped off at the Salvation Army disaster truck located in the Sam’s parking lot during the supply drive.

The Salvation Army began offering assistance to disaster survivors in the year 1900 in the aftermath of the Galveston, TX hurricane. Since then, The Salvation Army has responded to numerous natural disasters, transportation accidents, civil unrest situations and terrorist attacks. By providing beverages, meals, and emotional and spiritual care to first responders and survivors, The Salvation Army strives to bring hope and healing to people who find themselves in the midst of extremely difficult situations.

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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London 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. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

The Salvation Army Responds to Fires in Washington and Idaho

August 19, 2015 (SEATTLE) – The Salvation Army is assisting as the fast-moving fires sweep through Washington and Idaho.

The National Interagency Fire Center (www.nifc.gov) reported today that there are currently 18 wildfires impacting more than 270,000 acres in Washington, and none are contained yet. In Idaho, 15 fires have burned 378,000 acres, with one fire contained thus far.

The impact ranges from damaged to destroyed homes and businesses. Many families have [READ MORE]

Greek Salvation Army caring for unprecedented number of refugees

For months the news has been reporting the heartbreaking story of migrants arriving in Europe from the Middle East and Africa, fleeing atrocities for an opportunity for something, anything, better. For those who arrive safely across the Meditteranean – 2,000 or more drowned in transit this year – the welcome is not always warm. Countries across Europe are struggling to assimilate the newcomers in what The Guardian calls the “world’s biggest refugee crisis since the second world war.” None more than the country of Greece, already strained by staggering debt and loss.