Christmas time in The Salvation Army is a very busy time. With gift distributions, food pantries, Christmas programs and visitations around the community, there are many ways to give back. Here are two examples of activities through local Community Care Ministries.
In Citrus County, the littlest CCM volunteers were out spreading joy and giving out teddy bears to local nursing home residents. At one home the employees gave out the NERF guns and let us participate in the fun with their residents. What a great idea!
The Salvation Army Fort Lauderdale Community Care Ministry, led by Ms. Claire Atkinson, visited and distributed gifts to 2055 residents of 20 institutions. 20 meetings were held, 96 volunteers and 5 officers participated, giving a total of 186 hours of ministry. The Corps Band was also active in this ministry and brought Christmas cheer to 400 patients of 3 nursing homes, as they played Christmas Carols. The patients, staff and volunteers joined in singing, as we celebrated the joy of the Season. Our day ended with the great privilege of standing with the band around the bedside of a retired officer, singing Christmas Carols. We are so thankful to our corps members and band for their ministry! Special thanks to Ms. Claire Atkinson for her leadership and commitment to the Community Care Ministry.