02 November 2017

The Salvation Army’s 2017 Christmas Campaign

Restores Hope and Transforms Lives

Wichita, KS (November 1, 2017) – The Salvation Army is excited to deliver even more smiles this holiday season! From gift-giving programs to family assistance, to spiritual guidance, contributions help bring Christmas to thousands in need.

“Christmas is the most exciting yet demanding time of the year!” says Wichita City Commander Major Joseph Wheeler.  “Exciting because of the thousands of lives impacted through the holiday season, which also represents thousands more that are served 365 days of the year through Salvation Army programs. Demanding because of the tremendous pressure to try and do more with less. Funding over the past few years have declined, but needs have not changed.”

Traditional events soon getting underway:

- 2017 Salvation Army’s “Boot-Block” with the Wichita Fire Department  (11/4th , 11th , and 18th)

For 30 years, the Wichita Fire Department will be collecting money in their boots for The Salvation Army.  However, this year there has been a significant change.  Due to safety concerns, construction and potential inclement weather, Firefighters will park their firetrucks in local businesses parking lots to collect money in their fire boots. It’s a great opportunity to see the equipment up close and help fund the many programs at The Salvation Army.

- Warm Hearts Coat Distribution (Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 6th & 7th )
Earlier this year our generous community provided nearly 5,000 warm coats, hats, gloves and blankets for those in need. Thanks to Warm Hearts partner In The Bag Cleaners for cleaning them all for this year’s distribution and restoring hope for those in need.  Recipients may shop the store with proof of ID for each family member.

- The Red Kettle Kick-Off  (11/16, a 5pm Program is planned at City Command – 350 N Market featuring a Friends University Quartet, the Salvation Army Citadel Corps Band and 2017 Christmas Chair and new KSN-TV Anchor Jeff Herndon. The red kettles will be staffed with the familiar red aproned bellringers throughout the city and traditionally stationed throughout the Wichita area.  Individuals are encouraged to register or gather a group of friends and co-workers to share in the ringing, singing and even entertaining at your location. Quickly and easily register to be a bellringer at: Registertoring.com.

- Angel Trees  and Christmas Assistance (11/24-12/11)
You may adopt an Angel from the famous Angel Trees commonly displayed at Towne East and Town West Malls in Wichita. Area businesses and organizations are encouraged to host Angel Trees, as well. You may also visit the Angel Giving Tree online, where you can adopt Virtual Angels (sponsored by Koch Industries) at salarmywichita.theangelgivingtree.org.

The Salvation Army has set the goal to raise $1.4 million dollars throughout the Christmas season.

 

City Commander Wheeler is concerned about economic challenges, but is also optimistic stating, “We face a challenge that impacts more than Christmas assistance, but assists in providing programs that restores hope and transforms lives throughout the year.  We are counting on the generosity of Wichitans to help us continue to do the most good in Wichita.

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About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London 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 children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.