Long before you see the first light on a tree, smell roasting chestnuts, or hear a bell ringing by a red kettle, The Salvation Army has been hard at work preparing for the holiday season. The season of giving is year-round, and Salvation Army officers and employees start planning well in advance to help those most in need during what should be “the most wonderful time of the year.”
The Salvation Army’s Adopt-A-Family program specializes in helping families who’ve experienced extreme hardship and devastating tragedies during the year such as death, serious illness, abuse, and home fires. Families in the most difficult situations are adopted by a sponsor who purchases Christmas gifts for each member of the family. Continue reading “Adopt-A-Family”
The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) Unit stationed in Philadelphia will support the City of Philadelphia by providing hydration and food to hundreds of first responders and city workers on duty during the three-day National Football League Draft, Thursday April 27 through Saturday April 29. Continue reading “EDS Lends Support to City of Philadelphia During NFL Draft”
January 23, 2017- The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia announced that its advisory board has appointed three new members.
Jeffrey Dunne, Principal, Deals-Valuation Group, PricewaterhouseCoopers; David Hackett, Shareholder, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC; and Brady Hooper, Financial Advisor, UBS Financial Services, Inc. have recently joined The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia’s advisory board. The appointment increased the number of advisory board members from 23 to 26.
“We are committed to the mission and cause of The Salvation Army and the essential role it plays in Philadelphia and throughout the region. Our board is determined to support The Salvation Army with expert advice and counseling from the very best, most talented leaders in Pennsylvania,” said Aaron Cohen, Advisory Board Chair, The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia. “Jeffrey, David and Brady bring a wealth of career experience and professional leadership to an already outstanding board. “
“Our Advisory Board is vital to the success of The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia and we are grateful for members’ time, talent and guidance,” said Major A. Philip Ferreira, Director of Operations, The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia. There are thousands of individuals and families throughout Philadelphia who are in desperate need of emotional, financial, physical and spiritual support that The Salvation Army provides each and every day. The Salvation Army is better prepared to meet those needs of our community through the efforts and guidance of our advisory board.”
More than 400 community toy drives, as well as individual donations, resulted in the collection of thousands of toys and gifts for children age 12 and under. 6,000 of those donations alone were a result of the CBS 3 Joy of Sharing campaign!
Throughout the month of December, dozens of Salvation Army staff and dedicated volunteers worked to sort and prepare them for families in need. Parents and guardians, pre-approved for Christmas assistance, were able to select gifts for the children in their family.
Neighbors in the 4200 block of Greeby Street in the Mayfair section of Philadelphia celebrate the holidays with a spectacular Christmas lights tradition that brightens their block and the hearts of many families in need.
Residents spruce up dozens of homes with bright light displays and holiday decorations. It’s a scene that draws lines of onlookers in cars who drive by to check out the colorful festivities. The Salvation Army brass ensemble entertained neighbors by playing holiday music and a Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services canteen truck was also there with staff to serve coffee and snacks as neighbors enjoyed the winter wonderland celebration. A Salvation Army red kettle collected monetary donations and neighbors dropped off hundreds of new, unwrapped toys that were distributed to local families struggling to make ends meet.
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 served nearly 14,000 children this season, distributing more than 30,000 gifts to ensure a special Christmas for underserved youth.
Despite a deluge of rain to kick off the morning – an army of volunteers descended on The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia on September 19. 500 employees of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) put their regular office jobs to the side, rolled up their sleeves and volunteered their time and talents for a Day of Service. PwC volunteers worked on projects at six Salvation Army building across the city – including painting the iconic Salvation Army red kettles, landscaping and grounds clean-up, building maintenance, warehouse cleaning and sorting of holiday toys, as well as fun and interactive activities with older adults living at Salvation Army senior housing complexes. Continue reading “500 Roll-Up Sleeves for a Day of Service”