The Philadelphia Soul Scores with Football Clinic for Summer Camp Youth (with photos)

IMG_0606-crpThe Philadelphia Soul bring football FUN to summer camp! Players from the Philadelphia Soul arena football team hosted a football clinic for more than 50 local children at our Temple Corps Community Center at Broad and Brown Streets in Philadelphia.

Kids learned the dynamics of football and the importance of staying active. Activities included warming up and stretching, as well as professional football drills involving catching a football and racing through an obstacle course Continue reading “The Philadelphia Soul Scores with Football Clinic for Summer Camp Youth (with photos)”

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Camp Ladore: Exploring Life Outside the Big City (Photos & Video)

IMG_0213Little kids and their families carted suitcases, duffle bags and pillows down the sidewalk and filed in line at the registration table at The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia’s headquarters. The excitement in the air was palpable as more than 140 youth between the ages of 7 and 12 readied to head out for the summer camp experience of a lifetime. Continue reading “Camp Ladore: Exploring Life Outside the Big City (Photos & Video)”

Restoring Hope in Kensington: Video

The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia is among a number of agencies partnering with the City of Philadelphia to provide hope and transform lives of individuals and families living in Kensington and Fairhill. These neighborhoods are being held hostage by the heroin epidemic. On a blistering hot day in July, a team of Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia volunteers headed out with city workers to the area around Hope Park near East Indiana and Ella Streets.  This is how community outreach can begin the healing: Continue reading “Restoring Hope in Kensington: Video”

Salvation Army Day at Citizens Bank Park

Day at Phillies 2017 iphone 2Thursday, June 22 was Salvation Army Day at Citizens Bank Park! To celebrate, The Salvation Army treated 500 children to a “Day with the Philadelphia Phillies” to watch the Phillies vs. Cardinals afternoon game.

The children, who are mostly from low-income families and are enrolled The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia’s summer camp programs, had the opportunity to enjoy a Major League Baseball game up close, which some of them may have never experienced. The tickets were purchased thanks to the generosity of a long-standing Salvation Army donor. (SEE VIDEO AND PHOTOS) Continue reading “Salvation Army Day at Citizens Bank Park”

How Your Toy Donation Makes a Difference at Christmas (with video)

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Major Philip Ferreira, The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia Director of Operations

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.

It is an emotional experience for so many, who may otherwise go without gifts and toys at Christmas if it was not for the assistance from The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia. Continue reading “How Your Toy Donation Makes a Difference at Christmas (with video)”

Wells Fargo Holiday Extravaganza

img_7889Hundreds of families in need were treated to a Christmas extravaganza thanks to our friends at Wells Fargo.

Wells Fargo partnered with The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia to host a huge holiday party at Xfinity Live! for 150 local families, approximately 400 individuals, on Friday, December 23. The fun and festive event turned Xfinity Live into a Christmas fantasy land. The party featured Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, elves, arts and crafts, games, food and beverages, five ponies and a Wells Fargo Stage Coach. Continue reading “Wells Fargo Holiday Extravaganza”

Joy of Sharing (videos & photos)

img_7857Our friends at CBS 3 and people across Greater Philadelphia helped make Christmas brighter for thousands of families in need this year.

CBS 3 partnered with The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia again this year for its Joy of Sharing campaign, which encourages members of the community to donate new, unwrapped toys to children who may otherwise go without at Christmas. Hundreds of businesses participated in the massive toy drive throughout December. Continue reading “Joy of Sharing (videos & photos)”