Christmas in July Fundraiser Planned to benefit Summer Camp Program for Chester Youth

The Salvation Army of Chester Seeking Community Support to Raise $10K+ during 5-Day Event

Christmas in JulyThe Salvation Army of Chester will celebrate Christmas in July in an effort to raise much-needed funding for its summer camp program for underserved youth. The five-day event will take place July 18 through July 22, 11 am – 7 pm, at the ACME supermarket in Concordville Town Centre, US Route 1 and Route 322, Glen Mills. Dozens of volunteers will don red and green Hawaiian leis while they ring bells alongside The Salvation Army’s iconic red kettles to inspire ACME shoppers and passersby to make donations.

“We are blessed and grateful for the generosity of our volunteers and donors,” said Major Ervin McKoy, co-commanding officer, The Salvation Army of Chester.  “Community support is vital to our ability to serve those in need.”

Camp Ladore

The Salvation Army is proud to provide 51 children in Chester with a stay at Camp Ladore, youth who may otherwise not enjoy such a special experience in the great outdoors. Owned and operated by The Salvation Army, Camp Ladore is situated among the picturesque mountain ranges of Northeast Pennsylvania, consisting of approximately 1,200 acres surrounding a 265 acre lake. During the campers’ week-long trip, they are able to participate in a wide variety of activities, including: nature study, swimming, horseback riding, boating, arts and crafts, sports, fishing, music instruction, hiking, games, and more. The annual camping trip costs The Salvation Army of Chester approximately $18,000.

“Although the benefits for our local youth are invaluable, funding this program is quite a burden on The Salvation Army of Chester’s annual budget,” said Major McKoy. “Last year our Christmas in July raised $9,000 to off-set camp costs. We hope to raise more than $10,000 during this year’s event,” he added.

Christmas in July with Major McKoy
Christmas in July 2015

Christmas in July volunteers will work in two hour shifts during the five-day event. Participants include members of the following organizations: The Business and Professional Association of Western Delaware County, Rotary Club of Chester, Rotary Club of Chichester, and Rotary Club of Swarthmore, as well as The Salvation Army of Chester’s Advisory Board. Volunteer opportunities for Christmas in July are still available. Contact Aubrey Proud at for more information.

In addition to the summer camp program, The Salvation Army of Chester supports thousands of local individuals and families in need through its homeless shelter, feeding programs (food pantry, free breakfast and lunch for those in need), lift skills seminars, music instruction, after-school programming, sports fellowship (afternoon and evening youth basketball), bible study and worship services.

If you are unable to volunteer or donate to the kettles at ACME in Concordville during the Christmas in July fundraising event, gifts to The Salvation Army of Chester are always accepted online at Secure credit card donations can also be made by texting the “SAChester” to 41444 using your smartphone. Donations may be mailed to The Salvation Army of Chester at 151 West 15th Street, Chester, PA 19103. Please write “summer camp” in the note on the check.

For more information about making a gift or to learn more about programs and services, contact The Salvation Army of Chester at 610-874-4266 or visit


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