Summer is winding down here in Ashland. While we still have warm days ahead, the nights are getting cooler and a hint of fall can be seen on the Bradford Pear Trees around town. Our summer has been a whirlwind settling in to our new roles as the officers of The Salvation Army here in Ashland. However, during that time, we were able to send 9 children to The Salvation Army Camp Paradise Valley. They spent a week swimming, playing, singing, meeting new friends, and most importantly learning about Jesus! They all had a great time and look forward to doing it again next year. They wouldn’t have been able to go to camp without the help of your donations! It costs roughly $250 a child to attend camp, and we offer this to the youth in our programs free of charge. We hope that even more will get to attend next summer!
This summer also brought some changes to the outside of our building. The great people of Bridges Christian Church and their 2nd Saturday Serve Crew have spent several Saturdays painting our building and it looks phenomenal! Make sure you let them know how much you appreciate the facelift! We are so proud of the new look!
The end of summer means school is back in session. Evenings are beginning to fill with homework, play time, and extra-curricular activities. The Salvation Army in Ashland will begin its Youth Character Building programs on Wednesday, September 4, 2013. These activities are a fun way to introduce life skills and character traits to the youth of our community. We will also include time for music instruction, dinner, and a praise and worship/devotional time geared for children ages 1st Grade-12th Grade. We begin at 5 pm and will meet each week through November!
Believe it or not, Christmas planning is happening as we speak. If you are involved in a group or organization that wants to volunteer for a great cause let Captain Carey know. We are currently scheduling groups and individual volunteers to help with both our kettle program and our Angel Tree program. Proceeds from our kettle collections fund our programs all year! Our emergency shelter and Social Service programs depend on these donations to serve our community to the fullest!
Although the summer is ending, The Salvation Army is still going full steam ahead. Keep checking back for updates! If you are interested in having Captain Patrick or Captain Carey speak at your organization or club meeting, please contact us at 606-324-5751 or email at Carey_Richmond@uss.salvationarmy.org .