Community Involvement Leads To Successful Christmas Season For The Salvation Army!

COLUMBIA, SC (January 7, 2019) - The Salvation Army of the Midlands would like to express their deepest appreciation and thanks for making Christmas 2018 a wonderful success.

Thanks to generous community efforts, The Salvation Army of the Midlands raised over $331,000 with their red kettle campaign this Christmas season. They assisted over 1,000 families with Christmas assistance by providing gifts and grocery gift cards. From those 1,000 families, over 2,300 children woke up to gifts on Christmas morning that would have otherwise had nothing.

To everyone who gave at the red kettle, adopted an angel, contributed at the Stuff A Bus events, or gave toys at any of the toy drive locations, you played a part and made it possible!

During the Christmas season, a total of 2,600 volunteers provided more than 5,900 volunteer hours. With tremendous volunteer support, the holidays were made bright for children and families throughout the Midlands. This is truly an example of a community effort and showcases the kindness and generosity of the Midlands.

Many of the efforts to help those in need during this time of year would not be possible without the support and volunteer hours from businesses, local schools, organizations and individuals.

As 2019 begins, the need in this community is still great. One option to support the efforts of the Salvation Army would be a regular yearly contribution. This will directly help meet the needs of children and families every single day through The Salvation Army's local social programs and services. Donations can be designated to support our children's after school reading program, food baskets, meals for the homeless, rental/utility assistance, clothing, and disaster services.

The Salvation Army of the Midlands is so grateful to the community for the successful 2018 Christmas season and looks forward to another great year in 2019!

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established 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