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Salvation Army offers meals, needs volunteers

Salvation Army offers meals, needs volunteers Salvation Army offers meals, needs volunteers

Thousands of children and hundreds of families are fed and gifted through The Salvation Army of Southern Indiana’s efforts all year. Numbers of those needing assistance are daunting and growing.

So defines the nonprofit’s massive mission to serve, especially at this holiday time.

Duke Energy volunteers will again prepare boxes of Christmas food for local seniors and families on Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Salvation Army headquarters, 2300 Green Valley Road in New Albany. This $10,000 Duke Energy Foundation grant also covers part of The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program that provides food, clothing and toys for children in the six counties it serves: Harrison, Crawford, Floyd, Washington, Clark and Scott.

Last year, individuals and organizations filled huge Angel Tree bags that were given to 3,199 children in all six counties.

People are invited to adopt angels (listing children’s sizes and needs) this year by visiting, by stopping by The Salvation Army weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. or signing up at the display at Green Tree Mall in Clarksville between Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 4.

For more information or to make a donation, call 1-812-944-1018.

Free Thankgiving meal options

Harrison County residents may receive free meals at First Capital Christian Church, located at 305 Oliver St. in Corydon, on Sunday between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. to dine in or carry out.
Floyd County residents may drive through The Salvation Army between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day to receive a free carry-out meal prepared by volunteers from Northside Christian Church in New Albany.

Clark County residents may receive free meals on Thanksgiving between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at the Community Kitchen, located at 1161 Spring St. in Jeffersonville, with food provided by The Salvation Army.

No advance reservations are needed at any location.

“During a holiday when we celebrate all we are thankful for, we are grateful to all volunteers who help us provide delicious meals for those who are struggling to make ends meet,” said Capt. Jonathan Fitzgerald.

Last year, Salvation Army volunteers served meals to 315 individuals in Harrison, Floyd and Clark counties alone. In addition, they gave Christmas food to 125 households in all six counties.

“The Salvation Army has been supporting Americans in need in Jesus’ name without discrimination for 130 years,” said Fitzgerald.

Each year, nearly 30 million Americans receive Salvation Army assistance through an array of services: food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, help for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children.

Throughout the United States, The Salvation Army spends 82 cents of each dollar to support those services in 5,000 communities.

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