Everyone knows that Christmas is the season for joy and peace. Sadly, it can also be the season when the ache of poverty is at its most painful. The Salvation Army is highly visible in the community during this time. Here are some of the ways we work to make Christmas more meaningful for those in need:
Since singles are often not eligible for food hampers at other agencies that try to reserve their resources for those with children, we endeavour to supply hampers for them at Christmas. Someone in need can fill out an application at The Salvation Army, and a hamper will be distributed later in December.
Sponsor a Family
Families, clubs, and businesses are invited to sponsor a family for Christmas. The Salvation Army coordinates the effort. Once the family is registered, we supply information such as a wish list and the genders and ages of the children. The sponsors then buy new gifts, goodies, a food basket, and Christmas dinner.
People who are unable to buy gifts for their children may register at The Salvation Army Centre of Hope. A tag is created for each child and hung on the Angel Tree at Seven Oaks Mall in central Abbotsford. Shoppers visit the booth manned by our volunteers, choose a child's tag, and then shop for Christmas presents for that child. When they are finished, they bring the new, unwrapped gifts back to the Angel Tree. More volunteers transport the gifts to Cascade Church where the donations are sorted and organized. On the appointed day, grateful parents come to the church to pick up the gifts for their children.
A traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings is often one of the highlights of the Christmas season, and the community dinner at the The Salvation Army Meal Centre is no exception. Between 350 and 400 people look forward to this wonderful meal and leave much more satisfied than when they arrived.
Located around town at store entrances, Christmas Kettles provide shoppers with an instant opportunity to give to those less fortunate. The financial support that is raised at Christmas is very important to the ongoing work of The Salvation Army during the season, and in the coming year.
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In case you were wondering ...
We value your support and make every effort to use your donations wisely and well. Applicants are carefully screened, and solid rationale is used to determine their need. The Salvation Army co-ordinates efforts with other local agencies through a shared database of recipients in order to ensure that those who are in need will not be deprived by someone trying to take advantage of the benevolence of the community.
God bless you for your generosity at Christmas and throughout the year.