HUNTSVILLE – With the shine still on the global effort Giving Tuesday earlier this week, The Salvation Army in Huntsville issued what it calls a “heartfelt appeal’’ for continued community support to help those in need during the holidays.
The organization’s aid to those in crisis relies on the generosity of individuals, funding its life-altering programs including vital necessities of food and shelter assistance. According to a news release, 2022 brought an alarming surge in the need for aid with requests increasing between 10-40 percent in certain areas. In addition, with the depletion of federal aid programs, The Salvation Army is projecting greater demand this holiday season and into the new year.
Despite rising operational expenses, The Salvation Army remains committed to its mission to meet human needs without discrimination, no matter the cost. Last year, the organization served over 80,000 meals to individuals and families in crisis.
“Every contribution, regardless of scale, fuels our capacity to serve our neighbors in need,’’ Major Richard Watts, commanding officer of The Salvation Army. “The funding and support we receive from our community determines the programs and services we are able to offer.’’
The Salvation Army encourages support through online contributions, Red Kettle donations,
fundraising events, Angel Tree Adoptions, volunteering, and more.
The following options support neighbors in need:
- Donate digitally at https://huntsvillekettle.org
- Provide Christmas gifts to children of local families in need through The Salvation Army Angel Tree
- Volunteer to distribute donated Angel Tree gifts or to sign up for the Red Kettle call (256) 536-5576
- Sign up for a sustaining gift of $25 a month at https://huntsvillekettle.org
- Call (256) 536-5576 to learn more about how you can support The Salvation Army this Christmas and beyond.
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 has 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.
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