The holidays are over, but the Salvation Army keeps working

salvation-army-logoWhile the LaPorte Salvation Army appreciates the great community support it received over the holiday season, local folks are reminded that its work goes on year round.

“We want to say thank you to all those who made our Christmas season a success. We raised $69,000 in our kettles as LaPorte folks once again showed their generosity in a tremendous way,” LaPorte SA Envoy Greg Irwin said in a press release. “After the holiday season some people think The Salvation Army takes a break; No more bell ringing. No more Christmas kettles. But nothing could be further from the truth!

“Every day, The Salvation Army is there to assist those in need with food, clothing and emergency assistance. With the help of our supporters, in 2013, we provided life-saving services to literally hundreds of families in desperate need. With persistently high unemployment, rising living costs and stagnating wages, there are many in our community who are hurting.”

In the coming year, the LaPorte Salvation Army expects to:

— Provide assistance for rent, utility assistance, medicine and food for families in desperate need.

— Visit lonely, hurting people in nursing homes and assisted-living facilities through its Community Care Ministry.

— Provide thousands of meals to hungry men, women and children here in LaPorte.

— Give disadvantaged children the opportunity to experience summer camp at Little Pine Island Camp.

Donations are still encouraged. “While we fell $6,000 short of our kettle goal this year, we are confident that the folks in LaPorte will continue to assist us in our time of need. We are blessed to have such wonderful friends and neighbors. Thank you to all of the volunteers, church groups, and community organizations who work with us ‘to do the most good’ all year long,” Irwin said.

To volunteer, to donate, or to learn more about the LaPorte Salvation Army, call 326-5342.

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