“This is a Blessing”

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Ebony Culbreath with gifts for her daughters

PHILADELPHIA (December 21, 2018) – 5,000 families across Greater Philadelphia will celebrate Christmas this year with some help from The Salvation Army and its generous supporters. Toy drives throughout the month of December have netted mountains of gifts for local youth – everything from basketballs and skateboards to puzzles and dollhouses.

Community partnerships like CBS 3’s Joy of Sharing Toyfest campaign, together with contributions from our friends at the Philadelphia Flyers and Cricket Wireless to name a few, plus all of the individual donors make The Salvation Army’s Christmas assistance program possible.

“I just want to say ‘thank you’ for blessing these precious children during this holiday season,” Chaplain Donna Hightower proclaimed about all of the donations to The Salvation Army this holiday season. Chaplain Donna oversees the social services department at The Salvation Army’s West Philadelphia Corps Community Center, which provided Christmas assistance to an estimated 600 families this year.

“In January I was in a bad car accident. I’ve been out of work for a whole year,” shared Madeline Davis, who was receiving gifts for her granddaughters. “Now I am disabled. I can’t do the work I was doing. This is a blessing.”

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Madeline Davis

On Thursday December 20 and Friday December 21, parents and guardians lined up at the West Philadelphia Corps Community Center at 55th and Market Streets to pick up the gifts they had pre-registered for in the fall.

“I do the best I can. I reach out for help. I’m not ashamed,” said Madeline, who leans on The Salvation Army from time to time. “They give you the word of God. They help out if you are in need,” she added.

Ebony Culbreath was delighted to see the gifts that were waiting for her little girls. As a working mom of three daughters, ages seven, five and three, Ebony said she tries not to beat herself up about not having the money to buy Christmas gifts.

“I walk in faith. I live day by day and do what I can do,” Ebony said. “This is so great. I really try to instill it in their character too, so they appreciate it.”

Chaplain Donna, along with teams of volunteers and staff greeted the families at the West Philadelphia Corps as they arrived to pick up their presents, which were all sorted and packed in big bags. Big smiles, handshakes and hugs were the only currency on this day.

“The gift of serving is what Christmas is all about,” said Chaplain Donna.

When it’s all said and done, The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia will have distributed more than 20,000 toys and gifts to local children from struggling families.

 

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Flyers Community Day with The Salvation Army

IMG_6706The Philadelphia Flyers partnered with The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia for a day of community service on Sunday, December 2!

Members of the team, staff and season ticket holders spent the afternoon giving back at our Red Shield Residence and Temple Corps Community Center in North Philadelphia.

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Greater Philadelphia Kicks-Off 2018 Red Kettle Campaign at Temple University

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First Official Donation to 2018 Greater Philadelphia Red Kettle Campaign

(November 14, 2018) The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia celebrated the season of giving with its Annual Red Kettle Kick-off on Wednesday, November 14, on the campus of Temple University with help of numerous community partners and friends, such as Herr’s and Dunkin’ Donuts.  The Red Kettle Campaign, which runs across the region throughout the holiday season, aims to raise funds for The Salvation Army’s vital programs and services that have shared hope with those in need locally for more than 150 years.

This year’s Red Kettle Kick-Off showcased The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia’s Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) program. An EDS canteen (mobile feeding unit) was on scene providing coffee and hot chocolate. CBS 3’s Chandler Lutz and Fox 29’s Hank Flynn helped serve the beverages, free Dunkin’ donuts and Herr’s chips to passersby. The Salvation Army’s brass ensemble entertained the public with festive live music. John DeBella, on-air radio personality, 102.9 WMGK-FM, served as emcee, with special remarks by Major WillieMae Lyle, General Secretary, The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia. Continue reading “Greater Philadelphia Kicks-Off 2018 Red Kettle Campaign at Temple University”

Herr’s & the Flyers support Red Kettle Campaign

Photo Dec 07, 8 02 00 AMThe Philadelphia Flyers and Herr’s celebrated the season of giving with The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia during the Flyers game on December 6.

Herr’s presented The Salvation Army with a $25,000 donation to its Red Kettle campaign, which supports programs and services for thousands of struggling families across the region.

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Wells Fargo Provides Holiday Cheer to 200+ Families Residing in Homeless Shelters

DareToDreamMore 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.  Continue reading “Wells Fargo Provides Holiday Cheer to 200+ Families Residing in Homeless Shelters”

Flyers & Their Fans Make Christmas Brighter for Children in Need (photos & video)

The Philadelphia Flyers helped out The Salvation Army with Christmas gifts this week!

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CBS 3 Joy of Sharing Toyfest Inspires Generosity (with photos & video)

The CBS3 3 Joy of Sharing Toyfest inspired generosity across the Delaware Valley this season!

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