Adopt-A-Family

IMG_4630Long 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”

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”

Holiday Lights Brighten Neighborhood & Hearts of Many (with video)

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.

Check out the story featured on 6abc!

She’s My Sister 5K to support anti-human trafficking efforts

14559978_10154367415729473_5555204431346173591_oSome 200 runners and walkers hit the road on Saturday October 1 for the second annual She’s My Sister Human Trafficking Awareness 5K. The event, organized by Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church, aimed to raise awareness and to support The Salvation Army’s local anti-human trafficking efforts.

Representatives from Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church, The Salvation Army, local law

enforcement as well as other key members of the community participated in the race in

Fairmount Park. Fundraising by Enon’s anti-human trafficking ministry, along with all proceeds from the event, directly support The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia’s New Day to Stop Trafficking program.

Continue reading “She’s My Sister 5K to support anti-human trafficking efforts”

Dr. J Hosts Weekend of Special Events to Support TSA Greater Philadelphia

img_6836Hall of Fame Basketball forward Julius ‘Dr. J’ Erving returned to Philadelphia on September 10 to host the 2nd annual Julius Erving Golf Classic weekend to benefit The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia! The Salvation Army has a special place in Dr. J’s heart, as he started playing basketball at a Salvation Army Corps Community Center as a child in New York. Continue reading “Dr. J Hosts Weekend of Special Events to Support TSA Greater Philadelphia”

Celebrating Hope in the City of Brotherly Love

celebrate-hope-logoAnnual Celebrate Hope Luncheon Honors Two Local Leaders for Commitment to Betterment of Philadelphia

On Thursday, September 22, The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia will gather with hundreds of members of the community to celebrate more than 150 years of global service to those in need, raise awareness of its local programs and services and to honor two local leaders for their commitment to the betterment of the City of Philadelphia.

Each year, The Salvation Army honors individuals and organizations who demonstrate exceptional altruism. Continue reading “Celebrating Hope in the City of Brotherly Love”