The Salvation Army of Greater Lynchburg is Hosting a Drive-Thru Food Distribution on Wednesday, March 24th

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact:
Hannah Wallace
Volunteer/Special Events Coordinator
2211 Park Ave, Lynchburg, VA
434-845-5939
hannah.wallace@uss.salvationarmy.org

Lynchburg, VA (March 18, 2021) – The Salvation Army of Greater Lynchburg will be hosting a drive-thru food distribution on Wednesday, March 24th from 9am to 12pm (while supplies last). The event will be held in the parking lot of The Salvation Army at 2211 Park Avenue Lynchburg, VA. While the event will primarily be drive-thru, walk-ups are welcome beginning at 11am. “More and more families are experiencing food insecurity due to financial strain from the COVID-19 pandemic,” stated Major Caleb Prieto. “We want to provide a safe way to meet this need for those in our community.”

The Lynchburg Salvation Army will be providing families and individuals with food bags that include non-perishable food items such as canned goods, pasta, and cereal. There are no ID or income requirements, but data regarding number of individuals in the household will be collected. Vehicles will be directed to turn onto Stuart Street off of Park Avenue, and enter The Salvation Army parking lot from Stuart Street.

If you would like more information on the event or how you can help, please go to salvationarmypotomac.org/lynchburgva/ or contact The Salvation Army of Greater Lynchburg at 434-845-5939. The Salvation Army of Greater Lynchburg has been in Lynchburg since 1905 and currently serves Bedford, Campbell, Nelson, Appomattox, Amherst, and Lynchburg City communities.

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About The Salvation Army 

The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operation around the country. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit SalvationArmyUSA.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Salvation Army of Greater Lynchburg Thankful for Community Support Throughout 2020 Christmas Season

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Media Contact:
Hannah Wallace
Volunteer/Special Events Coordinator
2211 Park Ave, Lynchburg, VA
434-845-5939
hannah.wallace@uss.salvationarmy.org

Lynchburg, VA (February 10, 2021) – The Salvation Army of Greater Lynchburg finished 2020 with its annual Red Kettle Campaign, which raised a total of $112,992.45. This total is around $42,000 short of the previous year’s Red Kettle Campaign. “We anticipated a shortfall in funds raised this year due to the effects of COVID-19,” stated Major Caleb Prieto. “Yet, we are extremely thankful for the way in which our community stepped up to support those who are hurting a little extra after this past year.”

In addition to the Red Kettle Campaign, The Lynchburg Salvation Army also continued its traditional Angel Tree program, which provides Christmas gifts to children in need throughout the Greater Lynchburg community. Again, through the support of the community, the program was able to serve a total of 1358 individuals through the provision of toys, clothing, and gift cards, the majority of which were donated by the community.

“As we go into 2021 the need in our community continues to grow,” stated Major Caleb Prieto. “Our  community has always rallied around those in need, and we trust that the Lord will continue to provide the necessary resources moving forward to serve those in need throughout 2021.”

The Salvation Army of Greater Lynchburg serves Lynchburg, Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, Campbell and Nelson counties and has been part of the community for more than 115 years. If you would like more information about how you can support or partner with The Salvation Army going into 2021, please call 434-845-5939 or visit salvationarmypotomac.org/lynchburgva to make an online donation.

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About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operation around the country. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit.

 

“Dollars for Diapers” Event at Schewels Home will stock The Salvation Army of Greater Lynchburg with Much-Needed Diapers and Infant Care Items

For Immediate Release:

(Lynchburg, VA) On January 21, 2021, Schewels Home kicked off their annual mattress sale that will benefit The Salvation Army of Greater Lynchburg. A portion of every mattress sold during their “Dollars for Diapers Mattress Savings Event” will generate funds for diapers and other infant care items to be distributed by The Salvation Army. Schewels Home is a family-owned furniture store with 50 locations across Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina. The event will run through April 30, 2021.

After discovering statistics on the challenges families in need have around diapers and infant care items, Schewels Home Co-Owner Jack Schewel stated, “I was disheartened to learn that families receiving assistance through government-sponsored food programs are not able to use those funds to purchase diapers. Without money to buy an adequate supply of diapers, parents and caregivers may leave infants in soiled diapers, increasing health risks and limiting their access to childcare programs,” said Jack Schewel. “The Salvation Army supports families in so many ways, and Schewels Home wants to support families through this program to provide the local Salvation Army with diapers and infant care items to ease families’ burdens and ensure their infants are safe and healthy.”

Throughout the year, Salvation Army helps families and individuals with food, rental, shelter and utility assistance in the Greater Lynchburg area. “Having an increased supply of diapers and infant care items will be a blessing to those with young children,” said Major Caleb Prieto with The Salvation Army of Greater Lynchburg. “If you had to choose between feeding your family or buying diapers, could you choose? Something as simple as a fresh and clean bottom can help babies and their families rise to the top.”

Community members can make a donation at Schewels Home stores or learn more about the work The Salvation Army of Greater Lynchburg does throughout the year at SalvationArmyLynchburg.org.

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About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operation around the country. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” in The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit.

 

About Schewels Home

Founded in 1897, Schewels Home is one of the oldest furniture retailers in the United States. It all started when our ancestor, Elias Schewel, began peddling chairs door to door in Lynchburg, Virginia. Elias expanded his business by allowing his customers to pay back over time, and by serving all members of the community regardless of their race or religion. Currently, Schewels Home is owned and operated by Marc and Jack Schewel, the fourth generation of the family, and Matt Schewel, the fifth generation.

 

Salvation Army Center of Hope on Lockdown due to COVID, Abundance of Caution and Concern for Community Puts Temporary Hold on Feeding and Family Service Programs

Media Contact:
Tammy Shank
The Salvation army of Greater Lynchburg
2215 Park Ave, Lynchburg VA
434-845-5939
tammy.shank@uss.salvationarmy.org

Lynchburg, VA (Fri. Nov., 20) – Officials with the Lynchburg Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have confirmed that an individual at The Salvation Army of Lynchburg Center of Hope Shelter has tested positive for COVID19. The individual is currently in isolation and under the care and observation of health officials.

The Center of Hope was immediately put on lock-down with continued screenings taking place for all residents and staff onsite. The Salvation Army takes all matters of health seriously and is fully cooperating with Public Health Officials, including the CDC.

Out of an abundance of caution, The Center of Hope, the community feeding program and all family services will be temporarily put on hold for 14 days beginning today, Fri., Nov. 20. This will also impact the Thanksgiving Community Meal planned for Thurs. Nov. 26, which will be postponed until a later date.

Angel Tree and Red Kettle Programs are not impacted and will continue with no interruptions as those programs are administered out of a separate location.

The Salvation Army of Greater Lynchburg serves Lynchburg, Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, Campbell and Nelson counties and has been part of the community for more than 115 years. If you would like more information about how you can support or partner with The Salvation Army, please call 434-845-5939 or to make an online donation please visit salvationarmylynchburg.org .

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operation around the country. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood

The Salvation Army of Greater Lynchburg is hosting a Drive-Thru Food Distribution on Sat. Oct 3

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact:
Tammy Shank
Director of Development
The Salvation Army of Greater Lynchburg
2211 Park Ave, Lynchburg, VA
434-845-5939
tammy.shank@uss.salvationarmy.org

Lynchburg, VA (Sept.,28.2020) – The Salvation Army of Greater Lynchburg will be hosting a drive-thru food distribution on Sat., Oct 3 from 10am to 2pm or until supplies are exhausted. The event will be held in the parking lot of The Salvation Army located at 2211 Park Avenue Lynchburg, VA.  “More and more families are experiencing food insecurity and their schedules during the work week limit them from seeking assistance,” stated Major Caleb Prieto. “We wanted to provide a safe way to meet this need and on a day that worked with most family’s schedules.”

The Lynchburg Salvation Army will be providing each family with boxes that include chicken, eggs, and milk as well as hygiene kits, cleaning supplies and a family fun activity kit. They will also be providing each family with a box of non-perishable items such as canned goods and beans thanks to a collaboration with the Blue Ridge Food Bank.

Quantities are limited so families and individuals needing assistance are encouraged to arrive early at 10am. There are no ID or income requirements, but data regarding individuals in the household and city/county of residence will be collected. Vehicles will be directed to turn right into the parking lot from Park Ave. Signs will be set up providing additional instruction and volunteers will be on site to load items in the vehicles.

If you would like more information on how you can help, please go to SalvationArmyLynchburg.org or contact The Salvation Army of Greater Lynchburg at 434-845-5939. The Salvation Army of Greater Lynchburg has been in Lynchburg since 1905 and currently serves Bedford, Campbell, Nelson, Appomattox, Amherst and Lynchburg City communities.

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About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operation around the country. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood

 

The Salvation Army of Greater Lynchburg is Seeking Community Support for #Help5000Lynchburg Challenge

The Salvation Army of Greater Lynchburg is asking the community to take part in the #Help5000Lynchburg challenge, which begins on Monday, August 10 and lasts for two weeks.

Inspired by the story of how God fed 5000 with five loaves of bread and two fish, the Lynchburg Salvation Army is encouraging the community to help the organization raise $25,000 to replace the loss of revenue due to event cancellations from Covid19.  “When we received a donation from a child in the amount of $2.75 in a homemade card expressing her appreciation for the work we are doing, it encouraged us that even during difficult times such as these God can multiply gifts given from the heart to meet our needs,” stated Major Caleb Prieto.

The Salvation Army of Greater Lynchburg has remained open during the quarantine and continues to provide shelter, community feeding and assistance with utilities and rent for those in need in the Greater Lynchburg community.  “We have served hundreds during this time and anticipate those numbers will only increase as COVID19 continues to impact our community,” shared Major Prieto. “We want the community to know how appreciative we are for their prayers, support and donations as every amount will be used to help those we serve in Greater Lynchburg.”

One of the events canceled as a result of COVID19 was Christmas in July with Mister Goodies, a collaboration that has taken place on July 25 for more than 10 years. Mister Goodies has given $2,000 to help start the challenge. “There is so much need right here in our community and the Salvation Army does so much good for our area,” stated Mister Goodies’ owner Doug Ulrich.  “Christmas in July will be back again in July 2021, bigger and better than ever and until then people can continue to help The Salvation Army by participating in this challenge.”

If you would like more information on how you can help, please go to https://give.salvationarmypotomac.org/helplynchburg or contact The Salvation Army of Greater Lynchburg at 434-845-5939. The Salvation Army of Greater Lynchburg has been in Lynchburg since 1905 and currently serves Bedford, Campbell, Nelson, Appomattox, Amherst and Lynchburg City communities.

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About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operation around the country. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood

 

The Salvation Army of Greater Lynchburg Welcomes New Leadership

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact:
Tammy Shank
Director of Development
2215 Park Ave, Lynchburg, VA
434-845-5939
tammy.shank@uss.salvationarmy.org

Lynchburg, VA – The Salvation Army of Greater Lynchburg welcomes Majors Caleb and Rebeca Prieto and Lt. Mark E Craddock as officers of the Lynchburg Corps. The majors have held many leadership roles with The Salvation Army most recently serving in Daytona Beach, FL, with Lt. Craddock most recently serving in Fredericksburg, VA.  Both the Prietos and Lt. Craddock descend from a long line of Salvation Army officers who have served in national as well as international appointments spanning several generations.

Major Caleb and Rebeca have been officers for 28 years and bring extensive experience in community service to the Lynchburg Corps. During their time in leadership, the Prietos have worked in several programs such as domestic violence, drug treatment, veterans assistance, transitional housing – men’s, women’s and family shelters – community feeding, disaster relief, family (thrift) stores, youth enrichment and corrections and post release programs. “We are excited to be called to serve in such a beautiful area of our country,” stated Major Prieto. “Rebeca, Mark and I are enthusiastic about becoming a part of the Greater Lynchburg community and continuing to grow the important work that has been done for 115 years by The Salvation Army locally.”

Majors Caleb and Rebeca attended college in Cuba, as well as Evangeline Booth College in Atlanta, GA. Lt. Mark received his degree from Asbury College with a focus on recreational activities and ministries, which supports his love of the outdoors and passion for camp ministries. In addition, the majors have two daughters, one grandchild and another on the way and will celebrate their 37th wedding anniversary later this year.

Majors Prieto and Lt. Craddock replace Captain’s Trey and Sheri Jones and Lt. Kathy Paladino who have been called to serve in Mobile, Al and Fredericksburg, VA, respectively.

The Salvation Army of Greater Lynchburg serves Lynchburg, Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, Campbell and Nelson counties and has been part of the community for more than 115 years. If you would like more information about how you can support or partner with The Salvation Army, please call 434-845-5939 or visit salvationarmylynchburg.org.

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About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operation around the country. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood.

Majors Caleb and Rebeca Prieto

Lt. Mark E. Craddock

 

Important Message from The Salvation Army of Greater Lynchburg Regarding COVID 19 Procedures

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact:
Tammy Shank
Director of Development
2211 Park Ave, Lynchburg, VA
434-845-5939
tammy.shank@uss.salvationarmy.org

The Salvation Army of Greater Lynchburg continues to be committed to its mission of serving the homeless, hungry and those in need. Salvation Army leadership is working closely with community leaders and partners to address concerns that impact Greater Lynchburg’s homeless populations, as well as volunteers and staff of The Salvation Army. Beginning on 03/17/2020 at 12pm, The Salvation Army of Greater Lynchburg has made changes in its procedures for The Center of Hope that will ensure its mission is being completed while being considerate of local, state and national guidelines regarding COVID 19.

Beginning 03/17/2020 at noon, the following will be implemented:

  • Anyone needing assistance with utilities or rent will need to make an appointment in advance. Individuals will need to bring all required paperwork in printed form. We will not be able to access it from personal cell phones or other personal electronic devices. Individuals can go to SalvationArmyLynchburg.org for a listing of paperwork needed to apply for assistance. To schedule an appointment, please call 434-845-5939.
  • Changes have been put in place regarding community feeding. Breakfast and dinners will be provided in to-go packaging for non-residents and the general community to take off location. Individuals in our resident program at the Center of Hope will continue to be served in our dining room abiding by suggested social distancing guidelines.
  • Increased cleaning schedules have been added to already stringent and comprehensive cleaning procedures for all buildings at The Salvation Army of Greater Lynchburg.
  • Screening procedures are in place to help ensure no one running a fever or exhibiting symptoms of COVID 19 enters the facilities

Currently, the Lynchburg Salvation Army needs individually wrapped breakfast items such as breakfast bars, danishes and individual juices. Food items such as #10 can size vegetables, canned meats, and non-perishable food items are also needed. If you would like more information on how you can help at this time, please contact The Salvation Army of Greater Lynchburg at 434-845-5939. The Salvation Army of Greater Lynchburg serves the Bedford, Campbell, Nelson, Appomattox, Amherst and Lynchburg City communities. Please follow The Salvation Army of Lynchburg’s Facebook page for updates regarding our response to COVID 19.
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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London 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 The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

The Salvation Army of Lynchburg in Critical Need of Volunteer Bell Ringers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact:
Tammy Shank
Director of Development
2211 Park Ave, Lynchburg, VA
434-845-5939
tammy.shank@uss.salvationarmy.org

The Salvation Army of Greater Lynchburg has a critical need for volunteer bell ringers between now and December 24. The Red Kettle Campaign comprises approximately 20 percent of the overall budget needed to operate the shelter, community feeding program and social services. “Close to 70 percent of the budget needed to meet the needs of the homeless and hungry in our community come in during the holiday season,” stated Capt. Trey Jones. “If we don’t have volunteers to ring at a location, then we miss an opportunity to raise funds that are essential to delivering programs to those in need year-round.”

Currently, the Lynchburg Salvation Army needs to fill 1,200 volunteer hours between now and Dec. 24. In addition to having fewer volunteers this year to ring, The Salvation Army is also experiencing a shorter fund-raising season. “We have agreements at several stores to start ringing the day after Thanksgiving,” stated Capt. Jones. “Because of where Thanksgiving fell this year, we have five fewer days to ring than we did last year, which makes it critical that each location is covered by a volunteer through Christmas Eve.”

Funds raised from the Red Kettle Campaign and through general donations in 2018 provided more than 12,000 nights of shelter to the homeless, more than 31,000 meals for the hungry and helped more than 3,000 individuals with emergency utilities and rent needs. “If you can spare a couple of hours this season to help, you will bring a blessing to those less fortunate throughout the coming year,” stated Capt. Jones.

The Salvation Army of Greater Lynchburg has designated 434-944-0220 as a direct line exclusively for those to call who are interested in volunteering to ring the bell. You can also sign up at SalvationArmyLynchburg.org. The Salvation Army of Greater Lynchburg serves the Bedford, Campbell, Nelson, Appomattox, Amherst and Lynchburg City communities.

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About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London 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 The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

The Salvation Army Celebrates 40 Years of Angel Tree…Angel Tree Started at River Ridge Mall in 1979

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact:
Tammy Shank
Director of Development
2211 Park Ave, Lynchburg, VA
434-845-5939
tammy.shank@uss.salvationarmy.org

November 11, 2019 – The Salvation Army of Greater Lynchburg will kick off the 2019 Angel Tree program with an Angel Tree 40th Anniversary Weekend this Friday, November 15 and Saturday, November 16.

The public is invited to a free concert on Friday, November 15 at 7:30 PM at The Center for Music and Worship Arts Concert Hall. Hosted by the Liberty University School of Music and School of Nursing, the concert features The Salvation Army National Capital Band. The band has been the Salvation Army’s principal musical force in the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Virginia since 1925. Composed entirely of volunteer musicians, the band has developed an international reputation of excellence.

On Saturday, November 16 at 6:00 PM, The Salvation Army National Capital Band returns to the River Ridge Mall for a 40th Anniversary Angel Tree Celebration with music, cookie decorating, tree lighting, and more.

The Angel Tree Program, along with The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign, is one of The Salvation Army’s highest-profile Christmas efforts. Thousands of children across Virginia will experience the joy of opening presents on Christmas morning thanks to generous donors and the help of The Salvation Army Angel Tree Program that started 40 years ago in Lynchburg by Salvation Army officers Lt. Cols. Charles and Shirley White.

“The Angel Tree program provides toys and clothing to children, seniors, and families experiencing financial hardship,” said Captain Trey Jones with The Salvation Army of Greater Lynchburg. “Angels are available for adoption by community members and businesses, who in a small way will deliver the magic and message of Christmas to those in need.”

Decorated with paper angels representing the wishes of local children or seniors in need, Angel Trees are located at River Ridge Mall and area businesses. “We are grateful for the generous support from our community and local businesses that work alongside The Salvation Army to provide a joyous Christmas to those in need,” said Captain Jones.

For more information on the work of The Salvation Army of Greater Lynchburg visit www.salvationarmylynchburg.org
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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London 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 The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.