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. Continue reading “Wells Fargo Provides Holiday Cheer to 200+ Families Residing in Homeless Shelters”
The Philadelphia Flyers helped out The Salvation Army with Christmas gifts this week!
Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia Provides Gifts and Toys for 11,000 Children
Theresa Seals had worried what Christmas would bring this year. The grandmother of two little boys gets by on a fixed income that doesn’t leave much room for gifts from Santa. As she left The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia’s headquarters with bags full of toys, games and books, she was overcome with emotion.
“The stuff that you give out, and the donations that are sent in, is truly, truly a blessing. I really, really thank you with all of my heart,” Theresa said with tears in her eyes.
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”
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)”
Hundreds 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”
Our 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)”