THE SALVATION ARMY OF QUINCY BEGINS THE HOLIDAY SEASON WITH CHRISTMAS KICK-OFF
The Salvation Army of Quincy has begun the Christmas season with its annual Tree of Lights Christmas Kick-Off event. The kick-off luncheon was held on Thursday, November 9. The 2023 campaign chairs were introduced along with the announcement of the campaign goal.
Each year, community leaders step up to serve as honorary chairs for the Christmas campaign, further extending the outreach and effectiveness of the efforts of The Salvation Army. The Salvation Army is pleased to announce Hal and Kathy Oakley as the 2023 Christmas Campaign Chairs. The campaign goal is $435,000.
“We have seen how The Salvation Army impacts our community in so many positive ways,” stated Kathy. “We are happy to be a part of one of the great traditions of Quincy in helping with The Salvation Army Christmas Campaign,” added Hal.
The Salvation Army provides a variety of programs and services to assist families in the counties of Adams, Pike, and Brown in Illinois. The following are a few examples of ways The Salvation Army has given a hand up to our neighbors in need.
The Salvation Army Emergency Shelter & Family Services provided the following assistance during this year:
3,109 individuals received assistance from The Salvation Army.
716 individuals received 6,935 nights of lodging at the Emergency Shelter.
26,979 meals were provided to shelter residents.
1,489 food boxes were given to the community.
31 households received utility assistance.
129 renters received rent assistance.
5,664 meals and 563 hygiene kits were distributed through the neighborhood Canteen Ministry.
Also, during the 2022 Christmas Season:
785 families received Christmas food baskets.
5,905 toys were given to children through the Angel Tree Program.
435 individuals were provided dinner on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Volunteers are essential to the Christmas season and assist with many Christmas programs and activities, especially bell ringing. Please contact Tina Lewis for more information about volunteer opportunities at 217-231-5626 or register to ring bells at RegisterToRing.com.
To adopt an angel from the Angel Tree Program, visit https://bit.ly/QuincyAngelTree . Angels can also be adopted at the following local businesses: The Kroc Center, NutritionHQ., Vallee Health Repair, or The Wearhouse.