18th Annual Event Raises Money for Emergency Social Services for Berks County Residents
The Salvation Army of Reading presents the 18th annual Festival of Easter Baskets, Wednesday, March 21 through Saturday, March 24 at the Berkshire Mall in Wyomissing, PA. An estimated 75 creative gift baskets, designed and donated by local businesses, organizations and individuals, will be on display outside Boscov’s at the Berkshire Mall. During this time when individuals donate $1 or more to The Salvation Army, they will receive tickets to be entered into a random drawing for the basket of their choice. The drawing will occur at noon on Saturday, March 24 at Boscov’s. If winners are not present, they will be notified by phone to pick up their baskets.
Money raised through the Festival of Easter Baskets supports The Salvation Army of Reading’s emergency social service programs. Last year’s event raised more than $6,000.
The Festival of Easter Baskets is organized by a team of dedicated volunteers that puts in countless hours to bring the event back year after year. Dozens of festive baskets, valued at $20 through $1,000, are filled with gifts and goodies unique to the businesses and organizations of Berks County. Companies sponsoring baskets include: Godiva Chocolatiers, R.M. Palmer Co., Unique Pretzel Bakery, Tom Sturgis Company Inc., AAA Reading-Berks, Penn State Perks Professional Assistants, Reading Royals, Reading Fightin’ Phils, (Ladies of) First Energy Corporation and many more. The Festival of Easter Baskets is co-sponsored by Boscov’s Berkshire and the Reading Eagle.
The Salvation Army of Reading is committed to “doing the most good” in the community. Each year it serves more than 25,000 people in crisis through utility assistance, food distribution, holiday assistance, clothing and transportation vouchers and other emergency funds. It also provides permanent housing for chronically homeless and disabled individuals, Pathway of Hope (intensive case management services for impoverished families), a learning center with an after-school program and early childhood development, teen mentoring, summer camp and adult education classes. For more information, please visit www.SalvationArmyReading.org.
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.