Salvation Army of Norristown Offering Holiday Assistance to Local Families in Need

IMG_4527The Salvation Army of Norristown announced today it will be accepting applications from local families in need to receive holiday assistance. Members of the community may apply to receive Christmas food baskets and gifts for children age 12 and under.  Captains Curtis and Felicia Flora, Corps Officers, The Salvation Army of Norristown, anticipate serving at least 600-700 families this holiday season.

“Everyone deserves a meaningful holiday celebration,” said Captain Curtis Flora. “Thanks to the generosity of the community and partner agencies, we are able to provide this assistance, along with hope and comfort, to those in need each year,” he added.

Registration

Applicants seeking holiday food and gift assistance must register in person at The Salvation Army of Norristown Corps Community Center, 533 Swede Street, Norristown, on the following dates and times:

  • Wednesday, October 18, 9 am – 3pm
  • Thursday, October 19, 9 am – 6 pm

Christmas gift distribution for eligible families:  Monday, December 18, Montgomery County Intermediate Unit (MCIU), 2 West Lafayette Street, Norristown.

Holiday food distribution for eligible families: Tuesday, December 19, The Salvation Army of Norristown, 533 Swede Street, Norristown.

**NOTE: Do not bring children to registration or distribution**

Requirements:

  • Proof of Residency: such as a current utility bill (gas, electric, propane, water bill) OR lease/mortgage agreement. NOTE: Applicants must be residents of Montgomery County.
  • Current Photo ID: Driver’s License, State Issued ID, Governmental/Military ID, Passport, OR ID from Country of Origin for ALL adult household members. ID must show current address of applicant.
  • Official Certified State Issued Birth Certificates Copies and hospital issued Birth Certificates WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Children must be born ON or AFTER December 18, 2005 — ORSocial Security Cards – Legal documents bearing Social Security numbers or equivalent documentation from Country of Origin for ALL household members.
  • HOLIDAY GIFT APPLICANTS – PLEASE, Do NOT bring your children to registration or distribution. Bring a list of clothing needs/sizes for each child and possible toy items under $20.00.
  • DO NOT REGISTER AT MORE THAN ONE LOCATION – Doing so WILL jeopardize your application at either location, forfeiting your rights to receive gifts from these programs.

Members of the community who would like to help with holiday efforts for The Salvation Army of Norristown, may make a monetary gift, a toy donation and/or serve as a volunteer. Please drop-off new and unwrapped toys at The Salvation Army of Norristown, 533 Swede Street, Norristown, 9 am – 3 pm, Monday through Friday.

Financial donations can be made by texting SANORRIS to 41444 on a smartphone, online at www.salvationarmynorristown.org  or by mail:

“The Salvation Army of Norristown”

533 Swede Street

Norristown, PA 19401

Members of the community who are interested in volunteering with The Salvation Army of Norristown this holiday season should contact Captains Curtis or Felicia Flora at 610-275-4183.

The Salvation Army of Norristown serves more than 3,700 individuals in need each year, providing transitional housing for families, “Code Blue” emergency overflow shelter services, music education and instruction for youth, summer camp, a senior support program, holiday meals and gift distribution to families in need, community meals, an emergency food pantry, and worship services.

About The Salvation Army:

The Salvation Army of Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware is a faith-based, comprehensive human service organization whose programs help individuals, families and whole communities lead healthier, safer and more productive lives. Since 1879, The Army has held a record of accomplishment stemming from its holistic approach to providing for the needs of the whole individual – physically, emotionally, economically and spiritually. The Army’s programming serves every zip code through 51 community centers and a network of volunteers throughout Eastern Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and Delaware. Programs and services include: shelter, hot meals, counseling, early childhood development, recreational opportunities, music programs, after-school arts and educational programs, job training, activities for older adults, spiritual development, and drug rehabilitation.

Mission Statement: The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

For more information, please visit www.SalvationArmyNorristown.org or www.SalvationArmyPA.org

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