While the holiday season is behind us, the gratitude we feel for the community’s generosity remains. We want to extend a sincere thank you to our incredible community partners, donors, volunteers and supporters for a tremendous holiday season.
Because of you, 4,506 individuals in need received warm winter coats and Christmas gifts to make their season brighter. We also extend our appreciation for the 1,202 volunteers and countless individual donors for generously giving what they could. Funds raised through your support of the Red Kettles will directly impact our programs and services throughout Central Virginia 365 days a year.
We invite you to take a look back at this holiday season on our Facebook page here. Tag your group or share to your page so we can continue thanking you for your support!
This past weekend, Captain Burns and Rotary District Governor Debbie Wall announced a new partnership between The Salvation Army and Rotary 7600 District for a district-wide Red Kettle bell ringing event December 2nd-4th. During the 3 day event, over 60 Rotary Clubs are encouraged to ring at a Red Kettle in their community to raise funds, awareness and support for those most in need.
“Rotary International and The Salvation Army International share similar missions of serving people in need around the world and have been doing so for a combined 252 years. Rotary has been a part of our Red Kettles in Central Virginia for over 30 years. We are excited for this new partnership which will allow both organizations to have a larger impact in communities throughout the state of Virginia,” said Captain Jason Burns.
According to Homeward‘s 2020 Point in Time Count, on any given night there were 549 individuals without housing in Richmond. In 2020, The Salvation Army of Central Virginia provided safe shelter for 269 individuals. Of those, 98 individuals were placed into permanent housing following their shelter stay.
For individuals experiencing homelessness, having reliable transportation and a safe place to stay can be pivotal. With transportation, individuals are better able to secure steady employment, allowing them to create financial stability. This creates a path forward – a clean start – for a brighter future.
This summer you can provide a clean start for individuals and families experiencing homelessness.