(Ashland, KY – October 24, 2013) –
While 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.