Thanks to the generosity and dedication of its donors and volunteers, The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County was able to “Rescue Christmas” for many local families affected by the COVID pandemic in the greater Palm Beach community.

Over 16,509 toys and gifts were opened on Christmas morning by local children through The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program. Fourteen noted restaurants partnered with local foundations, ambassadors, major donors, media outlets, and corporate sponsors to host Covid-compliant Holiday community dining experiences. In addition, even with a limited number of only 40 locations, $140,000 was collected through the Salvation Army’s signature Red Kettle program. Finally, thanks to matching grants from the Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Foundation and the Nelson and Claudia Peltz Family Foundation, over $300,000 was raised through the Giving Tuesday Campaign that launched the organization’s Holiday goal to help local families in need.

“We’re very thankful to greater Palm Beach County for helping us rescue Christmas this year,” said Area Commanders, Majors James and Leisa Hall. “Rescuing Christmas was the 2020 national theme of The Salvation Army,” they said. “We really feel like we have done that for so many local families making this a great success story. Thanks to the generosity of donors and the dedication of our volunteers, families had something to eat, individuals were given lodging, veterans were offered social services, hand sanitizers were distributed, and young children were able to find gifts under the tree on Christmas morning!”

For more information, please contact Frank Marangos, Director of Development and Communications by calling 561.702.4698 and/or visit The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County webpage at: www.salvationarmyflorida.org. Facebook information can be found by searching for @salarmypbco. ­­­­­­

About The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County

The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1922, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 98 years.

Corporate Sponsors gathered for ribbon cutting celebration for The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County’s Angel Tree Program at the Army’s Angel Tree Toy Warehouse, 1902 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach on Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at 8:45AM. Hundreds of families lined the outdoor patio eagerly waiting to receive their respective children’s Christmas gifts from nearly fifty dedicated volunteers. The ribbon-cutting ceremony included Area Commander Leisa Hall, Miguel, Ilene and children Solomon and Bella Mayorca, owners of Simple Life Medical, Houston Tate, Director of Palm Beach Office of Community Revitalization, and Steve Steinberger, owner of Klik Twice Technologies.

According to Houston Tate, who oversees 85 designated communities within unincorporated Palm Beach County, “the Office of Community Revitalization is grateful for the partnership with the Salvation Army of Palm Beach County who has provided toys to our most vulnerable families.” Tate also applauded The Salvation Army “for providing a workspace at their headquarter facilities twice per month for OCR to coordinate a box-food distribution drive-up event for our residence. We are so grateful for this partnership,” he said, “and thank the Army for their passion to assist the needy.”

Angel Tree is a needs-based program meant to serve impoverished families with small children during the Christmas season. Families who struggle month to month, have recently lost work or who are undergoing an emergency need of some kind can get assistance through this program. The program matches individual children with sponsors who purchase gifts for them. All toys and clothes purchased for a child go directly to that child’s parent. The distinguished sponsors of the 2020 Angel Tree campaign include: Seacoast Bank, Hearst Television WPBF, Florida Power & Lighting, Retail Property Group, Gardens Mall, and Rosemary Square.

“I am filled with gratitude for our supporters who make this program possible,” said Major Leisa Hall, Area Commander for The Salvation Army in West Palm Beach. “Our corporate sponsors, the individuals who give, and our partners in the community do so much for these deserving children. Thanks to their generosity the Angel Tree Program will provide holiday gifts to more than 2,200 children in Palm Beach County this year. It is a tangible expression of The Salvation Army’s 2020 theme of “Rescue Christmas” for those in need … with a sea of bicycles, toys, clothing, and a large food box for each family.”

For more information about the Angel Tree Program and/or other initiatives of the The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County, please contact Frank Marangos, Director of Communications and/or visit its website, www.salvationarmypalmbeachcounty.org. Facebook information can be found by searching for @salarmypbco.

About The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County

The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1922, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 98 years.

The Lake Worth Herald profiles the reopening of The Salvation Army’s Community Center and Gymnasium.

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About The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County:

The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1922, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 98 years.

The Boca Raton Tribune highlights the reopening of The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County Corps Community Center in its 492nd edition, December 18–24, 2020, p. 9.

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About The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County:

The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1922, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 98 years.

Lake Worth community leaders gathered with other distinguished guests for the Grand Re-Opening of the athletic center of the Nation Champion Warriors Basketball Team on Friday morning (December 11, 2020).

Located at the Community Center of The Salvation Army Corp of Lake Worth, Florida, the Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony celebrated the completion of extensive renovations of a facility that has provided a safe and healthy environment for local Lake Worth children to grow and learn for over 16 years. Adherence to local health guidelines were met.

The Lake Worth Community Center is the home of The Salvation Army’s Warriors basketball team. Under the coaching and leadership of Director Eva Whitehouse the Warriors have won numerous local tournaments and National Championships. Located at 4051 Kirk Road, Lake Worth, the Center’s basketball program enriches the lives of local children through Christian mentorship, volunteering, Vacation Bible School, music lessons, academic coaching, and college readiness.

The extensive $100,000 + renovation project included a new gymnasium floor, cost-saving LED lights, state-of-the art scoreboards, and adjustable nets for younger players. Apart from local schools, the Warriors shared their athletic facilities with over 90 groups and nearly 15,000 spectators in 2019.

According to the Corps Officers and Pastors Lieutenants Jeremy and Crystal Porter, “the Salvation Army Lake Worth Corps seeks to meet the needs of the community through education, food, clothing, social and financial services, and spiritual formation.”

The Lake Worth Community Center facilities are open to the public for functions that require a large gathering space for sporting events, family gatherings, small conventions, company activities, receptions, family reunion, and other community activities. Individuals may support the Center’s programs and services by donating $500 for a commemorative brick.

For more information about The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County, and/or purchase a commemorative brick, please contact the Director of Communications and/or visit its website, www.salvationarmypalmbeachcounty.org. Facebook information can be found by searching for @salarmypbco.

About The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County

The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1922, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 98 years.

News Radio 1290 WJNO reported on The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County’s record-setting fundraising campaign on Giving Tuesday 2020 during which they raised over $300,000 for charity.

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The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1922, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 98 years.

The Palm Beach Daily News posted a gallery of photos from The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County’s “12 Dinners of Christmas” event hosted on December 7, 2020.

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The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1922, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 98 years.

The Palm Beach Daily News featured a story about The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County’s “12 Dinners of Christmas” program.

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About The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County:

The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1922, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 98 years.

Donations by the Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Foundation, together with the Nelson and Claudia Peltz Family Foundation, Enable The Salvation Army to Provide Thanksgiving Meals to Local Families Struggling Due to COVID-19

(West Palm Beach, Fl) – In an effort to help hungry Palm Beach County residents put food on their Thanksgiving tables, the Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Foundation, together with the Nelson and Claudia Peltz Family Foundation, are donating pallets of food weekly to The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County. A special Thanksgiving truck delivery to The Salvation Army Corps of West Palm Beach is scheduled for Thursday, November 19th at 9AM. Volunteers and staff will be on hand to prepare over 350 Thanksgiving Dinner Boxes to be delivered to local families.

Households across the County will receive a Turkey with all the trimmings, ready to be cooked and served in their own (COVID-friendly) homes. The average cost of a Thanksgiving Dinner could be as high as $227.00, according to one source (Lending Tree survey), but these families won’t have to worry about those costs, thanks to the two Family Foundations. Since the weekly food donations began, nearly 70 tons of food have been delivered and 45,000 meals have been distributed. The truck deliveries, expected to total many hundreds of thousands of tons of food by the end of 2021, will continue until the local economy starts to stabilize.

“The Palm Beach County Area Command of the Salvation Army has a well-deserved reputation for helping local residents in need,” said Laurie and Ike Perlmutter and Claudia and Nelson Peltz on behalf of their foundations.  “So many of our fellow Palm Beach County neighbors are receiving that much needed assistance during these extremely trying times. What’s particularly gratifying to us is that along with our regular weekly and monthly food donations this month’s donation might help those Palm Beach County neighbors and volunteers to celebrate a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.”

The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need. Since March, The Salvation Army has provided more than 100 million meals, 1.5 million nights of safe shelter, plus emotional and spiritual support to over 800,000 people across the US. They expect those numbers to grow.

“Based on the increase in services that we have already provided in response to the pandemic,” said Area Commander James Hall, “The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County could serve up to 155 percent more people in 2020 with holiday season assistance, including putting food on the table, paying bills, providing shelter and helping place gifts under the tree for over 5,000 children and 3,000 families – assuming the resources are available.” According to Hall, “the most generous weekly donations of perishable and non-perishable foods from our local two Family Foundations will help us Rescue Christmas for our community’s most vulnerable.”

Media is invited to Thursday’s delivery and box preparation. For more information  please contact the Director of Communications and/or visit its website, www.salvationarmypalmbeachcounty.org. Facebook information can be found by searching for @salarmypbco.

About The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County

The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1922, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 98 years.