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The Salvation Army makes adjustments to procedures as they continue to serve

The Salvation Army of Greater Lynchburg is remaining committed to its mission of serving the homeless and those in need amid the Coronavirus pandemic. In order to be considerate of local, state and national guidelines, they have made the following changes in their procedures for The Center of Hope beginning today:

-Anyone needing assistance with utilities or rent will need to make an appointment in advance. Individuals will need to bring all required paperwork in printed form. Individuals can go to SalvationArmyLynchburg.org for a listing of paperwork needed to apply for assistance. To schedule an appointment, please call 434-845-5939.

-Changes have been put in place regarding community feeding. Breakfast and dinners will be provided in to-go packaging for non-residents and the general community to take off location. Individuals in the resident program at the Center of Hope will continue to be served in the dining room abiding by suggested social distancing guidelines.

-Increased cleaning schedules have been added to already stringent and comprehensive cleaning procedures for all buildings at The Salvation Army of Greater Lynchburg.

-Screening procedures are in place to help ensure no one running a fever or exhibiting symptoms of COVID 19 enters the facilities.

Right now, the Lynchburg Salvation Army needs individually wrapped breakfast items such as breakfast bars, danishes and individual juices. Food items such as can size vegetables, canned meats, and non-perishable food items are also needed. Contact The Salvation Army of Greater Lynchburg at 434-845-5939 for more information on how you can help.

 

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Blessings are “In the Bag” for Families in Staunton, Virginia

When the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic forced the Commonwealth of Virginia to close schools, The Salvation Army of Staunton went into action supporting families in their community with “Blessing Bags.” The bags contain games and activities for the entire family, with daily devotionals, snacks, craft supplies, and encouraging messages and prayer cards for the Lenten season.

 

“When we had to cancel our weekly youth programs, we were concerned for families who may be feeling anxious about the health and well-being of their families,” explained Lieutenant Kelsey Meredith. “Those parents may also be feeling anxious about local business disruption and its impact on their finances.”

 

The first batch of 20 Blessing Bags were created for families with children in The Salvation Army youth music and character development programs. As bags were loaded in the van for delivery, one caring neighbor arrived at the building with a donation of baby food and formula for the Corps’ food pantry. “She is a mom with children in the program and here she was sharing blessings with us!” said Lt. Meredith. “We will keep sharing God’s love while we find ways to meet the needs of the moment.” The Corps plans to make more bags for first responders to deliver to families in need.