More than 200 parents and children residing in Philadelphia area homeless shelters were treated to a special lunch and free tickets to Disney on Ice, thanks to a community partnership between Wells Fargo and The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia. Families who attended the December 23 event reside at The Salvation Army’s Red Shield Residence, Eliza Shirley House and Norristown Family Shelter, as well as the St. Barnabas Mission Emergency Shelter. After a buffet lunch at each shelter, the families boarded buses to the Wells Fargo Center for an afternoon viewing of Disney on Ice Dare to Dream. This is the third year in a row that Wells Fargo has provided a special Christmas celebration for families served by The Salvation Army and other local agencies.
“Wells Fargo is proud of our long-time partnership with the Salvation Army which is focused on strengthening neighborhoods throughout the greater Philadelphia community. Each December we look forward to doing something extra special that will brighten the holidays for families served by the Salvation Army,” said Aldustus (A.J.) Jordan, Senior Vice President & Community Affairs Manager, Wells Fargo.
In addition to the holiday celebration, Wells Fargo donated $50,000 to The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia’s Red Kettle fundraising campaign. All donations collected from the annual holiday campaign fund programs that provide opportunities in underserved neighborhoods and change lives year round.
“We are extremely grateful for the support of Wells Fargo, particularly during the holiday season,” said Major. A. Philip Ferreira, Director of Operations, The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia. “This celebration will provide joy to families who are struggling with difficult circumstances in their lives.”
Since 1879, The Salvation Army has provided assistance during the holiday season to enable the less fortunate to celebrate Christmas. The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia anticipates serving more than 20,000 Philadelphians with holiday meals, gifts and basic necessities this year.
About The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia:
The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia is a faith-based, comprehensive human service organization whose programs help individuals, families and whole communities lead healthier, safer and more productive lives. The Salvation Army is equipped to respond to both acute disasters such as fires and floods as well as the daily, ongoing struggles of the region’s less fortunate individuals. Since 1879, The Salvation Army has a record of success stemming from its holistic approach to providing for the needs of the whole individual – physically, emotionally, economically and spiritually. The Salvation Army’s programming operates community centers and residential facilities throughout the Philadelphia region offering shelter, hot meals, counseling, early childhood development, recreational opportunities, music programs, after-school arts and educational programs, job training, activities for older adults, anti-human trafficking programs, spiritual development, and drug rehabilitation.
Mission Statement: The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.