For Immediate Release
Media contact: Amanda Long
The Salvation Army
Office: (417) 862-5509 ext. 102
Cell: (417) 315-9441
THE SALVATION ARMY TO HELP OVER 1,000 CHILDREN
Area children to receive help with back-to-school supplies and clothing.
Springfield, MO (July 28, 2015) The Salvation Army will help over 1,000 children on Monday, August 3rd with back-to-school supplies, new shoes, clothing and haircuts. Distribution will be held at The Salvation Army’s main office at 1707 West Chestnut Expressway from 9:00a.m. until 4:30p.m.
“We are so grateful to be able to provide these children with the things they need for back-to-school,” Judy Mills, Springfield Corps Officer said. “With the help of the community, these kids will have a great start to the new school year.”
Children will receive a new backpack and school supplies. They will also receive a voucher to purchase new shoes at Wal-Mart, a clothing voucher to The Salvation Army Thrift Store and a free haircut courtesy of Paul Mitchell and the Missouri College of Cosmetology.
In addition to the supplies and clothing, each child signed-up through the back-to-school program will also be receiving a new winter coat. Coats will be ordered by size and distributed to the children at the beginning of October.
Families needing assistance signed-up over a two week period from July 13 to July 24. The number of children being assisted this year is similar to those helped last year.
Families who missed the sign-up period may call our office on August 4 to see if additional backpacks and supplies are available. Backpacks and supplies will be given out on a first come, first serve basis. Families need to be prepared to bring a photo ID, social security cards for everyone in the household and proof of residency.
Donations are still being accepted for back-to-school, including monetary donations to help with the cost of the coats. For more information or to make donation, please call 417-862-5509 ext. 102.
To support the year-round outreach of The Salvation Army financial contributions can be sent to The Salvation Army, P.O Box 9685 in Springfield MO, 65801 by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or by visiting http://donate.salvationarmyusa.org – 82¢ of every dollar goes directly toward programs & services that help local Ozarks residents in need.
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, visit www.salvationarmyusa.org.