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Salvation Army in Swift Current gearing up for Christmas

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The Salvation Army in Swift Current have made note of some important dates as we head  into the Christmas season for both supporters and those who need a hand up.

 

The Salvation Army is having having its annual Christmas kick-off on Saturday, November 24th from 8:30-10 a.m.

Pancakes will be served at the Swift Current mall and Mayor Jared Schafer will cut the ribbon to open up the Miracle Room at 9 a.m. People in need will be able to sign up for Christmas hampers from November 26th-December 7th, Monday-Thursday. If you are able to help them give hope to those in need today I would invite you to call us anytime at 778-0515.
 
This is The Salvation Army's 99th Christmas of serving the most needy in our community. The Salvation Army continues to do a lot in the community of Swift Current. Christmas is always a time of great need in our community. Those who are vulnerable and are often just barely able to cope throughout the year; the Christmas season often can provide that extra financial (and emotional) burden that just push a family over the line. Please help us to help others at this time. Last year The Salvation Army provided food, warm clothing, toys, and Christmas hampers for more than 200 families in our community. This number does not include the hundreds of people as well that we served alongside partner agencies on Christmas day itself! This year, by all indications the need will be even greater than ever in Swift Current.
 
Unlike many agencies, with the exception of Alternative Measures, none of our programs are financed through government assistance. All of the good that is done is supported through the generous support of the community of Swift Current and ALL OF THE MONEY RAISED at Christmas time stays in Swift Current to give hope today to those in our community. Last year  $170 000 was raised to help the most vulnerable here through The Salvation Army. We feel that this is the amount that we will need to raise again in order continue helping the people in the most need in our community. With that in mind, I would ask you to remember all of the work that is being done in the community through The Salvation Army when you see a Christmas kettle and the pause and to think of what you can donate to help give hope today to those in need in our community.
 
As Christmas is a time to remember Christ's birth, I ask all this as well in Jesus' name.
 

This year their Christmas goal is $10/ person in Swift Current ($170,000).
This will go a long way to give hope today to those in need in our community
 
In Swift Current, The Salvation Army provides:
 
q       The community’s food bank (helping people out of poverty rather than trapping them in it)

q       Thrift Store (providing quality pre-owned items at discounted rates)

q       Christmas food hampers

q       The Angel Tree (providing toys for children in need at this time of year)

q       Community Christmas meal (We are honoured to put this on in conjunction with a number of other groups in the community)

q       Church (There will even be a service on Christmas Day before the community meal this year)

q       The Community Kitchens (year-round, in conjunction with a number of different agencies, teaching people how to prepare and cook healthy, affordable meals)

q       Support for children and youth (fitness, nutrition, education)

q       Emergency disaster assistance (when the unthinkable happens)

q       Employment and job skills training in cooperation with Partners in Employment

q       Chaplaincy assistance (RCMP, Fire, Legion, and working to develop an effective Hospital chaplaincy position prototype for the province)

q       Justice Program for South West Saskatchewan (including Alternative Measures)

q       Professional and approved Anger Management courses for both adults and children (designed for the Armed Forces and modified for specific groups)

q       'Transition Through Incarceration' (We are able to help people  from the time of arrest, through the court system, while they are away in custody, and when they return home - so far we have an amazing zero recidivism rate!)

q       Emergency shelter for those in need

q       Court work

q       Free legal clinics

q       Stop-lift courses

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