Darby Corps Serves Meals from the Heart

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Ely Thomas serves lunch at the Darby Corps

DARBY, PA (March 18, 2019) – It’s almost lunchtime at The Salvation Army’s Darby Corps Community Center and that means all hands on deck for today’s community meal.

“I added some apples and carrots for a little color, make it a little sweet,” said Ely Thomas, a full-time volunteer, as he put the finishing touches on the salad.

Ely and a two other volunteers are responsible for running the soup kitchen, which provides a fresh lunch daily to dozens of local residents who may otherwise go without. Continue reading “Darby Corps Serves Meals from the Heart”

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Salvation Army Working with City, Partner Agencies to Support Residents Displaced by Germantown Apt Fire

 

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Photo Courtesy: City of Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management

PHILADELPHIA (January 22, 2019) – The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) is working with the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and partner agencies to provide support to residents displaced by a devastating fire overnight in the Germantown section of the city.

 

The fire started just before midnight along the 5700 block of Morris Street in a six-floor apartment building. EDS crews were on scene through the night providing food, comfort and care to firefighters and dozens of people impacted by the blaze.  The building sustained heavy water and smoke damage, leaving as many as 40 individuals without a place to stay. Continue reading “Salvation Army Working with City, Partner Agencies to Support Residents Displaced by Germantown Apt Fire”

“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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Salvation Army Thanksgiving: Family and Community

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Volunteers Serve Thanksgiving Meals at the West Philadelphia Corps Community Center

As part of its continued efforts to provide families with comfort, care and hope, The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia hosted Thanksgiving celebrations across the city for hundreds of people in need.

In West Philadelphia, more than a hundred people gathered for a special program that included food, fellowship, ministry and music. Tables covered in brightly colored cloths filled the gymnasium. Local residents shared their vocal and musical talents with the crowd. And dozens of volunteers donning red aprons served each of the families in their seats.

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EDS Providing Comfort & Care to Displaced Residents Following Overbrook Apartment Fire

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EDS Providing Meals to Displaced Residents at  Temporary Shelter

PHILADELPHIA (December 11, 2018) The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) continues to provide comfort and care to survivors of a fire that occurred at the Overbrook Gardens apartments in the 900 block of North 63rd Street on December 10, 2018.

The EDS served on-scene for over 19 hours assisting first responders on Monday. Currently, more than 40 individuals are being housed at the West Philadelphia High School that is serving as a temporary shelter for displaced residents. EDS has been assisting evacuees with meals, Emotional and Spiritual Care and other goods since the shelter opened. Continue reading “EDS Providing Comfort & Care to Displaced Residents Following Overbrook Apartment Fire”

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”