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The Salvation Army served more than 22,000 in 2014

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Carlo Klemm

The Salvation Army served more than 22,000 in 2014
by Clermont Sun -
Mar 5, 2015
The Salvation Army in Greater Cincinnati today announced it served 22,164 individuals through its Christmas Assistance programs in 2014. The programs included Adopt-a-Family, Toy Shop, Gift/Food Baskets, a new program to assist the Homeless, and the Community Care Ministry. Through these Christmas-focused programs, an estimated $545,363 worth of gifts, food and toys was distributed. The individuals served included those of all ages, from infants to the elderly.
“We’re deeply grateful to all our donors and volunteers who made it possible for us to serve so many this Christmas,” stated Major Larry Ashcraft, Divisional Commander at The Salvation Army. “There is a great need in our own community, but through the generous support of so many, we were able to address that need in a big way.”
The Adopt-a-Family program pairs families and seniors in need with generous sponsors willing to ‘adopt’ them for Christmas. Sponsors include individuals, families, church and civic groups, and employees from area companies. They shop for, wrap and drop off presents for the recipients based on a needs list provided to them. In 2014, nearly 1,400 individuals were served through the Adopt-a-Family program, through the generosity of 216 sponsors.
The Toy Shop program provides toys, books, dolls, stuffed bears and Kroger gift cards to families in need of Christmas assistance. Toys are provided through a partnership with the Marine Reserves’ Toys for Tots program, as well as toys purchased by The Salvation Army from donor contributions. Books, stuffed bears, dolls, handmade doll outfits, and quilts are provided by The Salvation Army Toy Shop Auxiliary, which has worked diligently for more than 55 years to make Christmas brighter for area families. In 2014, nearly 8,600 individuals were served through Toy Shop, including more than 5,300 children up to age 13.

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Saint MacNicholas

I've always had a great deal of respect for the Salvation Army.  My Grandfather (WWI) and my Father and Uncle (WWII) always preferred that organization over the Red Cross, based on their military experience.  

Every year that I'm able, I participate in the Scottish Christmas Walk in Alexandria VA, playing Christmas tunes on the pipes as I walk in the parade.  It's also a big weekend for the Salvation Army.  The local Rotary mans the kettles along King St.  After the parade I stop at as many of the locations as I can and play for 15 or 20 minutes to help draw a crowd for them and increase the donations.  I figure its a small way to repay some of the good the organization does.

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Any way I can adopt a family this year I would like to find out how to get in touch with someone ahead of the season before I get busy.


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