Sep 16, 2021

The Salvation Army Starts Giving Season 100 Days Before Christmas

Early giving could be key to keeping families in their homes this holiday season, says nation’s largest private provider of social services

PETOSKEY, MI. (September 16, 2021) – With the resurgence of the pandemic and just 100 days until Christmas, the organization is digging in for another challenging season of need. As thousands of people continue to struggle with the impacts of pandemic poverty, The Salvation Army of Petoskey is calling on everyone to help individuals and families overcome the threat of eviction amid the holiday season.

Social services organizations like The Salvation Army have worked tirelessly to provide help and hope since the pandemic started, but needs are increasing again this holiday season because of the threat of evictions and a resurging pandemic.  

Homelessness has increased dramatically in the last 18 months. The Salvation Army of Petoskey continues to be steadfast on the frontlines of need to ensure hope marches on. Locally it is estimated that they will need $130,000.00 to keep individuals and families in their homes this holiday season in Emmet, Antrim, and Charlevoix Counties.

“With the resurgence of COVID-19, we anticipate requests for service to increase by 25% this holiday season,” said Envoy, Greg Irwin. “With the public’s generosity, The Salvation Army of Petoskey will continue to provide help and hope to nearly 2000 individuals and families in need.”

Since the beginning of the pandemic, The Salvation Army of Petoskey has been providing assistance to struggling seniors, homeless, individuals and families in Antrim, Charlevoix and Emmet Counties. They have supplied 21,600 meals, 2250 food orders, 275 emotional and spiritual care sessions, 300 nights of shelter, and a stunning $300,000 in rent, shelter, and utility assistance. They have also assisted with auto repair, gas cards, and bus passes. Now more than ever, The Salvation Army needs everyone’s help. The following options are available for those wishing to support their neighbors in need:

  • Enlist in Love's Army with a sustaining gift of $25-$100 or more per month.
    • Checks should be made out to The Salvation Army of Petoskey and mailed or dropped off at their Community Service Center located at 712 Pleasant Street, Petoskey, MI 49770.
    • Credit card payments can be made online at SAPetoskey.org
  • Visit RegisterToRing.com and sign up to volunteer to ring at a red kettle
    • The Salvation Army is applying national safety protocols at all red kettles to ensure the safety of bell ringers, donors, and partners
  • Donate digitally with Apple Pay, Google Pay, PayPal, and Venmo at any red kettle across the country
  • Donate cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin or Ethereum for the first year ever
  • Ask Amazon Alexa to donate by saying, "Alexa, donate to The Salvation Army," then specifying the amount
  • Give any amount by texting "KETTLES" to 51555
  • Provide new toys and clothing through The Salvation Army Angel Tree for local children of families in need

Every donation helps hope march on for those in need, and all gifts stay within the community in which they are given. The Salvation Army of Petoskey’s service area covers all of Antrim, Charlevoix and Emmet Counties and provides year-round programs for men, women, children and seniors. Please visit SAPetoskey.org to donate, volunteer or learn more.

If you need services or know someone in need, please visit SAPetoskey.org or call the local Salvation Army Community Center at (231) 347-3531.

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army annually helps more than 30 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operation around the country. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood.

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