Salvation Army of Lebanon to Give Away Free Coats to Local Families in Need

8D9A4083LEBANON, PA (February 4, 2019) – As winter temperatures rebound following a dangerous cold spell, The Salvation Army of Lebanon will distribute new and gently-used coats to local residents in need.

The event will take place on Wednesday, February 6, 2019, 10am – 5pm, at its Corps Community Center (1031 Guilford Street, Lebanon).

The give-away is made possible thanks to hundreds of jackets and coats that were donated to The Salvation Army by The United Way and a local Coats for Kids campaign. Individuals and families will need to show identification in order to register when they arrive at the event on Wednesday.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there were 25,770 people living in the city of Lebanon in 2017, with a poverty rate of 25.1 percent (Approximately 6,400 individuals). That is more than double the national poverty rate of 12.3 percent. The Salvation Army is committed to “doing the most good” across Lebanon County. Each year it provides much-needed assistance to more than 20,000 people struggling to make ends meet. Among the programs and services offered: a food pantry, clothing and furniture assistance, summer camp, housing and energy assistance, social services, youth recreation, and holiday assistance.

8D9A4096“The Salvation Army recognizes the significant need of under-served families in Lebanon,” said Lts. Ivonne Janet Rodriguez, Corps Officers, The Salvation Army of Lebanon. “It is crucial for everyone to have a warm coat during the cold winter months in order to be protected from the elements. We hope providing free coats will keep them safe and lessen the financial burden on people of having to buy them.”

For more information about the winter coat distribution, members of the community should contact The Salvation Army of Lebanon at 717-273-2655.

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.

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