THE SALVATION ARMY ON A MISSION TO BRING JOY TO MANY IN NORTHEAST KENTUCKY THIS CHRISTMAS SEASON

(Ashland, KY – October 24, 2013) –

Tulsa_Red_Kettle_and_Bell_2While most of us associate the Christmas season with happy gatherings of family and friends, there are many whose holiday spirits are crushed by the harsh realities of simply making ends meet. This holiday season, The Salvation Army in Ashland will bring hope to many local families who desperately need a helping hand.
“The Salvation Army will provide food, clothing and emergency assistance to people in real need in our community at Christmastime and year round, as we’ve done for well over 100 years in America. We need to raise $180,000 this Christmas Season to accomplish

this. We’ll also be collecting clothing and toys for those children who would otherwise go without,” vows Captain Patrick Richmond, “What’s Christmas to a child without at least one special gift?” The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program will provide toys and clothing for qualifying children ages 0-13 years of age.
Traditionally, The Salvation Army’s bell ringers in the counties of Boyd, Greenup, and Lawrence (KY) help generate significant support for programs community-wide at their red kettles. However, bell ringers continue to face restricted access in setting up kettles. Local donations are down due to the economy. Home foreclosures are unprecedented, unemployment is still a major problem, and prices for essentials are rising. All this contributes to an increase in families seeking help from the Army during the Christmas season . . . and an increase in the cost of providing help.
“In this period of economic uncertainty, our income just can’t meet the ever-growing needs,” says Captain Patrick Richmond “But we need to care for our neighbors right here in this community who face a most difficult Christmas season, struggling even to meet their most basic necessities. I’m confident our faithful friends and those new supporters who see the need will share generously and won’t let them down.”

The Salvation Army will continue its dedication to doing the most good not only during the holiday season, but year round. Captain Patrick Richmond adds, “Although our visibility is more heightened during the holidays, it is important for the community to know that our Army’s programs are ongoing. We don’t just hand out a blanket and a cup of coffee to a needy person. We want to give them a hand up . . . to get them back on their feet and into a productive and fulfilling role in life. The Salvation Army’s motivation comes from faith in Jesus and we’ll help them regain their hope and purpose by sharing the good news of God’s love and offering support in any way we can.”

To donate to The Salvation Army, please call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, 606-324-5751, or mail your contribution to P.O. Box 1405, Ashland, KY 41101-1405 or make a donation online at www.salvationarmyashland.org .

About The Salvation Army in Ashland

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

Summer’s End

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!

Camper enjoying a day at the pool

Camper enjoying a day at the pool

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 .

 

Blessings,

 

Captain Carey

Welcome Home!

Welcome to the new blog of The Salvation Army of Ashland!  Proudly serving Boyd, Greenup, and Lawrence Counties in Northeast Kentucky.  We hope to share with you stories of those we serve as well as members of the community who are meeting needs of those who are less fortunate!  Captain Patrick and I are excited about what lies in store for The Salvation Army here in Ashland and are so proud to serve here along side of you!  Keep checking back often!

 

~Captain Carey