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  CHRISTMAS APPLICATION PROGRAM OPENS

Lehigh Valley, PA, 11/22/17 – The Salvation Army in the communities of Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton and Pen Argyl will accept applications for the Christmas Assistance Program on December 4, 2017 beginning at 9am.  This is the last day of sign-ups.

The Salvation Army, Lehigh Valley serves more than 52,000 people across the area each year through our many programs and services. Our yearlong goal to improve the lives of less fortunate individuals and families continue as we bring hope to thousands of local families this holiday season.

Many families are struggling and the holidays make those challenges more apparent.  “We believe that every family deserves a meaningful holiday celebration. Our goal is to ensure that families struggling month to month, those out of work, or facing an emergency crisis receive both food and holiday gifts this season” says Major Colin DeVault, Lehigh Valley Area Coordinator for The Salvation Army.

Our partnership with 69News & Perkins Restaurant for Angel Tree, the U.S Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program, and donations from community partners and friends help us provide holiday assistance to local families in need.

Applicants must register in person at their local Salvation Army office and bring the following items:

  1. Photo ID for all members in household and Social Security cards
  2. Proof of income (paystubs, public assistance receipts, Social Security check)
  3. Rent receipt or lease
  4. Toy or gift request for children 12 and under

For more information on dates and time, please contact your local Salvation Army office:

The Salvation Army,144 N. 8th St., Allentown, PA  (610) 432-0129

The Salvation Army, 521 Pembroke Rd., Bethlehem, PA  (610) 867-4681

The Salvation Army, 1110 Northampton St., Easton, PA, (610) 258-9531

The Salvation Army, 301 W. Main St., Pen Argyl, PA  (610) 863-6677

Programs supported by:

                             

 

EverFi

The Allentown Corps has been selected as an EverFi site and we could not be more honored to provide this opportunity to the children we serve!

Watch the PBS-39 'Trailer' Video Below Featuring The Salvation Army

Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign from PBS39 WLVT on Vimeo.

         
                 

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Trees and decorations make early appearances in stores, but the feeling of the season doesn't really sink in until you hear the Salvation Army bells as you make your routine shopping trips to grocery stores, local stores, the mall and Walmart.  Here are 5 reasons to be a Bell Ringer:

1.  Start a Family Tradition 

Many families try to volunteer during the holidays to instill the value of giving back to the community in their children.  Ringing a bell is a great way to introduce them to volunteer work.  It is simple enough that even the youngest child can help, but the impact is huge.

2.  Be the Sounds of the Season       Image result for salvation army sounds of seasons

It really doesn't feel like Christmas until you hear the first bell ringing.  You can be a part of sharing holiday joy by providing the sounds of the season.

3.  The Money You Raise Directly Impacts Your Community 

The Red Kettle Campaign is The Salvation Army's largest fundraiser.  85% of everything raised by the Red Kettle Campaign goes directly back into the community, meaning it helps feed the hungry, keep people warm through the cold winter months, help at risk youth and many other programs that The Salvation Army offers.

4.  You Can Learn How Much You Raised           Image result for money raised

After you ring the kettle, the kettle coordinator will collect your kettle and put a tag in the kettle, indicating that you were the person who rang.  The next day, if you call the Corps, they will tell you how much you raised in the time you volunteered.  It is incredibly rewarding to know that you donated four hours of your time and raised money that is going to a really good cause - at virtually no cost to you.  

5.  It's Fun!     Image result for red kettle bell ringers

Grab your family or a group of friends and make a day out of it.  Pack your hot chocolate, some cookies and your camera and have a fun holiday spirited outing!  You can dance around, sing carols and really make it a fun event!  The more joy the merrier the kettle!

Make a difference with every ring.  Be a Bell Ringer.  Call our Allentown Corps (610) 432-0129 or Easton Corps (610) 258-9531

to learn more.  Many volunteer options available for indoor and outdoor sites.                  

blog by Katherine Bellamy

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The Salvation Army - Allentown Youth Department
 
 

 

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