The Salvation Army Invites You to Start a New Family Tradition: Be a Bell Ringer

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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, Roanoke, Danville, Martinsville, Covington, New River Valley, VA (November 9, 2018) – For more than 157 years, The Salvation Army has been ringing the bells during the months of November and December. The Red Kettle Campaign comprises on average 20 percent of each local Salvation Army’s budget. Monies raised in the Red Kettle Campaign are used to meet the basic needs of individuals in the community who are struggling to survive.

This year, The Salvation Army is asking the community to partner with them to “Start a New Family Tradition” by volunteering to ring the bell. A bell ringer must accompany the kettle at each location where the kettle is located. Having volunteer bell ringers instead of paid ringers ensures that funds raised in the Red Kettle can be applied directly to local program needs. Families and individuals of all ages are welcomed to ring with most choosing to ring in two-hour time slots, but time can be adjusted to accommodate groups and larger families.

For more information on how to volunteer to ring the bell in your area, please go to http://virginiasalvationarmy.org/volunteers/signup/. You may also contact your local Salvation Army Corps.

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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.

Registration for Lynchburg Salvation Army Angel Tree Open Now

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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 1, 2018) – Appointments for The Salvation Army of Greater Lynchburg Angel Tree begins Wed., Oct. 3. Individuals needing assistance must secure an appointment in advance online at www.SalvationArmyLynchburg.org. If they do not have access to a computer or the internet, a computer is available for scheduling appointments at The Salvation Army Corps Community Center located at 2215 Park Avenue. Appointments will take place during the month of October. Online registration of appointments is new for the 2018 season and is designed to give applicants needing assistance more options throughout the day and evening to apply. There are no drop-in signups this year.  All who need Christmas assistance must schedule an appointment in advance to secure a time to sign-up for Angel Tree 2018. Please visit www.SalvationArmyLynchburg.org or The Salvation Army of Lynchburg’s Facebook page for a complete list of requirements needed to be eligible for assistance.

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 18,000 gifts were given to needy children and elderly living in the communities of Lynchburg, Bedford, Amherst, Appomattox, Campbell and Nelson County.

Volunteer opportunities are available during the months of November and December to help with the Angel Tree program. If you would like more information on how you can help by volunteering, please visit the Salvation Army’s website or call 434-845-5939. Individuals who volunteer to help with the Angel Tree program are not eligible for application for assistance through 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. Eighty-two 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.

 

Local Salvation Army Corps Preparing for Hurricane Florence

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

Lynchburg, VA (September 10, 2018) – Local Salvation Army Corps are preparing as Hurricane Florence continues moving towards the eastern coast. “Our emergency disaster services division is communicating with local emergency management services throughout our region to determine what steps need to be taken now in preparation of the storm,” stated Lynchburg Corps Officer and Regional Disaster Incident Commander Trey Jones.

The Salvation Army is encouraging everyone to create a disaster preparedness kit that includes items such as batteries, flash lights, water, sleeping bags/bedding, food for three days, needed medications and cash. In addition, The Salvation Army is coordinating with local government and disaster relief organizations to be ready if sheltering and large-scale feeding is needed. Additional mobile feeding units and personnel resources are on standby across the US in preparation to be deployed to the most impacted areas of North and South Carolina as well as Virginia. The community is encouraged to reach out to their local Salvation Army Corps for more information regarding disaster services provided in their specific areas. “We want to make sure we have resources in place locally to serve those in need depending on how Hurricane Florence moves in the next few days,” stated Captain Jones. “As in everything we do, our goal is to help those who need us most.”

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 of Greater Lynchburg Receives Gift from Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation

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

The Salvation Army of Greater Lynchburg has received $1,750 from the Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation just in time to help feed local residents. The Salvation Army of Greater Lynchburg will use the gift to support its community feeding program.

“We are so excited to receive this gift. During the summer, we see an increase in the number of children and families using our community feeding program. This gift will provide funds that will be used to purchase food items to help meet this need,” stated Lieutenant Kathy Paladino.

The Salvation Army of Greater Lynchburg provided more than 32,000 meals last fiscal year through its community feeding program at its shelter, the Center of Hope. The program provides breakfast and dinner 365 days a year to residents of the shelter as well as those in need in the Greater Lynchburg Community. The program is funded 100 percent by donations from individuals, businesses, organizations and charitable foundations.

Established in 2001, the Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation provides financial support for programs and organizations dedicated to feeding the hungry in the communities it serves. Since its inception, the foundation has awarded more than $10 million in grants.

About Food Lion
Food Lion, based in Salisbury, N.C., since 1957, has more than 1,000 stores in 10 Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic states and employs more than 63,000 associates. By leveraging its longstanding heritage of low prices and convenient locations, Food Lion is working to own the easiest full shop grocery experience in the Southeast, anchored by a strong commitment to affordability, freshness and the communities it serves. Through Food Lion Feeds, the company has committed to provide 500 million meals to individuals and families in need by the end of 2020. Food Lion is a company of Ahold Delhaize USA, the U.S. division of Zaandam-based Royal Ahold Delhaize Group. For more information, visit www.foodlion.com.

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.

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Lynchburg Salvation Army Celebrates National Salvation Army Week with Events for the 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 (May 11, 2018) – The Salvation Army of Lynchburg has several events scheduled in honor of National Salvation Army week, which will be celebrated locally May 14-18 this year.

National Salvation Army week was first declared by President Dwight D Eisenhower in 1954 with this proclamation: “Among Americans, The Salvation Army has long been a symbol of wholehearted dedication to the cause of human brotherhood . . . Their work has been a constant reminder to us all that each of us is neighbor and kin to all Americans, giving freely of themselves, the men and women of The Salvation Army have won the respect of us all.”

The Salvation Army of Greater Lynchburg wants to recognize those who help serve our community and those who we serve with these scheduled events for the week:

Tues., May 15: Reentry Job Fair sponsored by Career Support Systems from 10am-3pm in the Salvation Army Community Center Gym located at 2215 Park Ave.
Wed., May 16: Customer Appreciation Day at The Salvation Army Thrift Store located at 116 Court St, Appomattox VA with all items being sold at half off the listed price on this day.
Thurs., May 17: Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon for anyone who has volunteered with The Lynchburg Salvation Army in the last 12-18 months. The event will take place between the times of 11:30 am to 1:30 pm in the Salvation Army Community Center located at 2215 Park Ave.
Fri., May 18: Firefighter, Law Enforcement, Active Military and First Responder Appreciation Day with The Wandering Donut will take place in the parking lot of Timbrook Square Shopping Center on Timberlake Rd. at The Wandering Donut location. All Firefighters, First Responders, Law Enforcement and Active Military will receive a free donut (eligible individuals will need to show an ID card, badge or show up in uniform) in honor of National Salvation Army Week.

For more information regarding these events, please visit our website at www.salvationarmylynchburg.org or contact The Salvation Army of Greater Lynchburg 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.

Lynchburg Salvation Army falls short of Red Kettle goal, but community support helps minimize projected loss

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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 (December 28, 2017) – The Salvation Army of Greater Lynchburg’s 2017 Red Kettle Campaign finished the year raising $237,438. This is more than $12,000 short of the original goal of $250,000. “We are so appreciative of the community’s support,” stated Capt. Trey Jones. “We had anticipated falling more than $25k short of the goal, but donations on the last two days of the campaign helped us minimize our projected loss.”

The Lynchburg Salvation Army is also seeing a drop in overall financial donations made in addition to the Red Kettle Campaign this year. Many of these donations come in during the month of December through online and mailed gifts. Currently, the Lynchburg Salvation Army is estimating a decline in contributions of approximately 30 percent of what was received this time last year.

Last year, The Salvation Army provided more than 32,000 hot meals, 12,000 nights of lodging, and financial assistance to more than 6,000 people. In addition, more than 18,000 gifts were given to children and the elderly through numerous community programs provided by the Lynchburg Salvation Army.

If you would like more information on how to help The Salvation Army of Greater Lynchburg by making a tax-deductible donation or information on the services they provide, please call 434-845-5939 or visit www.salvationarmylynchburg.org. 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 112 years.
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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 is seeing significant drop in Red Kettle donations this Christmas

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

Lynchburg, VA (December 21,2017) – The Salvation Army of Greater Lynchburg’s Red Kettle Campaign comprises approximately 25 percent of its total annual budget. The Red Kettle goal for 2017 is $250,000. As of Wed., Dec. 20, $204,100 has been collected in the Red Kettle campaign leaving a projected deficit of approximately $25,500. “Funds raised in the Red Kettle Campaign provide the means to help those in need in our community,” stated Captain Trey Jones. “We are committed to helping those who need us most and a successful Red Kettle Campaign is an important part of that process.”

The Lynchburg Salvation Army is also seeing a drop in overall financial donations made in addition to the Red Kettle Campaign this season . Many of these donations come in during the month of December through online and mailed gifts. Captain Jones shared, “We know it is a busy time of the year and many people are probably still deciding on where to make their charitable donations for the 2017 year. We want them to know that we are expecting to meet some great needs in our community in the coming year and their support is important to us and most appreciated.”

Last year, The Salvation Army provided more than 32,000 hot meals, 12,000 nights of lodging, and financial assistance to more than 6,000 people. In addition, more than 18,000 gifts were given to children and the elderly through numerous community programs provided by the Lynchburg Salvation Army.

The Red Kettle Campaign will end this year one day early on Sat., Dec. 23. The Salvation Army will not be ringing on Christmas Eve since it falls on Sunday. If you would like more information on how to help The Salvation Army of Greater Lynchburg by making a tax-deductible donation, please call 434-845-5939 or visit www.salvationarmylynchburg.org. 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 112 years.

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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.

Greater Lynchburg Salvation Army is in Critical Need of Volunteer Bell Ringers

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

Lynchburg, VA (November 13, 2017) – The Salvation Army of Greater Lynchburg has kicked off the 2017 Red Kettle Campaign with a plea for volunteers. The Red Kettle Campaign comprises on average 20 percent of The Salvation Army’s total budget. Last year, The Salvation Army provided more than 32,000 hot meals, 12,000 nights of lodging, and financial assistance to more than 6,000 people. In addition, more than 18,000 gifts were given to children and the elderly through numerous community programs provided by the Lynchburg Salvation Army.

“We are asking as people make their plans for the holiday season, they also include time to volunteer as a bell ringer,” stated Captain Trey Jones. “We are blessed to serve in one of the most generous communities in the country whose residents have a heart for helping others. Ringing a bell at a Red Kettle is a long-standing tradition in The Salvation Army, one we would love for the community to make part of their own this season.”

Due to closings and adjustments in individual store policies, The Salvation Army has lost several key bell ringing locations that brought in more than $20,000 last year. Having volunteer bell ringers instead of paid ringers ensures that funds raised in the Red Kettle can be applied directly to local program needs. Families and individuals of all ages are welcomed to ring with most choosing to ring in two-hour time slots, but time can be adjusted to accommodate groups and larger families.

If you would like more information regarding how you can volunteer or how to donate, please call 434-845-5939 or visit www.salvationarmylynchburg.org. 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 112 years.
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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 Responding to Las Vegas Tragedy and Disaster in Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands

THE SALVATION ARMY RESPONDING WITH EMONTIONAL AND SPIRITUAL CARE, FOOD AND HYDRATION AFTER
LAS VEGAS TRAGEDY
Encouraging people to donate life-saving blood

LAS VEGAS (Oct. 2, 2017) – The Salvation Army Southern Nevada is providing emotional and spiritual care to those affected by the tragic mass shooting in Las Vegas.

“Salvation Army Clark County Coordinator Major Randy Kinnamon has mobilized our Southern Nevada corps officers to area hospitals to offer emotional and spiritual care. Social Services Director Phillip Hollon is also working with local first responders to determine other ways in which we can help,” said Lt. Col. Kelly Pontsler, Divisional Commander of The Salvation Army’s Southwest Division.

We ask that everyone please pray for the families and friends of those who have lost their lives or were injured, as well as the first responders and Salvation Army officers and employees who are serving and ministering to the community.”

The Salvation Army has officers on-site providing emotional and spiritual support at the two hospitals where the vast majority of victims are being treated: UMC Hospital, which is currently on lockdown, and Sunrise Hospital. There are also Salvation Army officers at Spring Valley Hospital and St. Rose Hospital, where other victims are being treated.

Major Kinnamon reports that there is a tremendous need for life-saving blood donations, and people are encouraged to give at the Labor Health & Welfare Clinic, at 7135 W. Sahara, or any United Blood Services location: unitedbloodservices.org/lv.

The Salvation Army has dispatched a mobile canteen to the United Blood Services location at 6930 W. Charleston Blvd. to provide food and hydration for those waiting in long lines to donate. Mobile canteens are also being considered at other strategic locations in the city.

Needs are also being evaluated at the Thomas and Mack Center, which has be opened up as a shelter.

Help Continues Despite Shortages:
The Salvation Army fights to serve Puerto Rico & U.S. Virgin Islands
The charity shifts into overdrive to provide resources and care in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria & Irma.

In one of the worst Hurricane seasons in a decade, The Salvation Army is unwavering in its continued efforts to serve those affected by the storms. For Hurricane Irma and Maria, which obliterated much of Puerto Rico’s and the U.S. Virgin Islands’ infrastructure, The Salvation Army overcomes supply chain challenges to ensure priority needs are met. Last week, The Salvation Army shipped to the areas of greatest need:

– 112,680 bottles of water
– 6,720 meals ready to eat
– 2 pallets of tarps
– 5 cases of water filtration
– 4,530 snacks ready to eat
– 1,000 cases of organic baby food

“We have truly turned a corner to persevere and deliver hope and help to our neighbors in need,” said Michael Orfitelli, Territorial Coordinator of Emergency Disaster Services. “We are grateful for the continued generosity of our donors and partners. These gifts provide food, supplies, and emotional and spiritual care to those affected by the devastating weather events.”

Some key updates for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico & Virgin Islands are (as of 9.29.17):
• In Puerto Rico
o The Salvation Army continues to fight to meet the needs of San Juan, Loiza, Fajardo, Humacao, Guayama, Ponce, Areciro, Mayaguez, Penuelas, and Caguas.
o In total, nearly 273,400 meals and snacks have been distributed to those in need since the impact of Hurricane Irma.

• In St. Thomas
o In St. Thomas, The Salvation Army has partnered with the Dutch Reform Church to serve almost 72,000 meals and snacks, along with delivering food, water, and supply boxes to the poorest communities on the Island. These resources are delivered to nursing homes, one skilled care facility, and shelters of the American Red Cross and Catholic Charities.
o In St. Thomas, The Salvation Army is serving nearly 6,000 families daily.

• In St. John
o The Salvation Army is partnering with a local cafe to serve 1,200 families each day.

• In St. Croix
o The Salvation Army is serving nearly 1,000 families each day.

With a permanent footprint in the affected communities, The Salvation Army Disaster Services will continue to provide assistance until the need is met and beyond.

How People Can Help
Response efforts to this hurricane and flooding are expected be costly and last for years. The best way to help after a disaster is to make a financial donation.

Online:
helpsalvationarmy.org

Donate By Phone:
1-800-SAL-ARMY

Text to Give:
STORM to 51555

Mail Checks – ** Please designate “Hurricane 2017” on all checks.
The Salvation Army
PO Box 1959
Atlanta, GA 30301

Applications for The Salvation Army Angel Tree begins Monday, October 2

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

Lynchburg, VA (September 28, 2017) – The Salvation Army of Greater Lynchburg will begin taking applications for Angel Tree gift assistance beginning Mon., Oct. 2. Individuals can apply in person at The Salvation Army Corps Community Center located at 2215 Park Avenue. Sign-ups will take place the first two weeks of Oct., Mon. through Fri., 9 am -12 pm and 1 pm -3 pm daily. Please visit salvationarmylynchburg.org or The Salvation Army of Lynchburg Facebook page for a list of requirements needed at the time of application.

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 4,000 needy children and elderly living in the communities of Lynchburg, Bedford, Amherst, Appomattox, Campbell and Nelson County received new gifts and clothing as a result of this program

Volunteer opportunities are available during the months of November and December to help with the Angel Tree program. If you would like more information on how you can help by volunteering, please visit the Salvation Army’s website or call 434-845-5939. Individuals who volunteer to help with the Angel Tree program are not eligible for application for assistance through 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. Eighty-two 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.