When people come to The Salvation Army seeking emergency financial assistance, they receive an application to fill out. Included in the application is a voluntary questionnaire that includes just two questions.

Our ‘Brewing Hope’ series will give you insight on what assistance men, women, and children in need are seeking when they come through our doors, and what it means to them to receive a hand up and a sense of hope in their time of need.

 

Name: Gloria

What brings you to The Salvation Army for assistance? I got behind in paying my light bill due to having to get a bed to sleep on. I have no family assistance. I have several health issues that kept me in the hospital and not able to work to add extra income.

What does receiving assistance from The Salvation Army mean to you? That my son and I can live in our home with electricity and be able to cook and use our medical machines. We are very grateful to be able to get help.

 

Thank you for supporting the programs and services of The Salvation Army, so we can help people like Gloria find the hope they need to face another day.

Click here to make a donation today to support the programs and services of The Salvation Army.

When people come to The Salvation Army seeking emergency financial assistance, they receive an application to fill out. Included in the application is a voluntary questionnaire that includes just two questions.

Our ‘Brewing Hope’ series will give you insight on what assistance men, women, and children in need are seeking when they come through our doors, and what it means to them to receive a hand up and a sense of hope in their time of need.

 

Name: Joey

What brings you to The Salvation Army for assistance? My electric is off and has been for 10 days. Without lights, my son and I have been using a flashlight, taking cold showers and I have had to buy him small meals so that he can at least eat dinner since the stove doesn’t work.

What does receiving assistance from The Salvation Army mean to you? I will be able to feed my son and give him a warm shower. It will give us a better feeling knowing that we can have a good, warm dinner at home.

 

Thank you for supporting the programs and services of The Salvation Army, so we can help people like Joey find the hope they need to face another day.

Click here to make a donation today to support the programs and services of The Salvation Army.

Mike and his wife, Katherine, were doing all they could to support their family. Their daughter, Emily, was very sick and needed to stay at the hospital for an extended period of time.

Unable to work full-time and be there for Emily, Katherine was forced to cut her hours at work. After having to choose between paying medical bills and feeding their daughter, Mike and Katherine turned to The Salvation Army.

Thanks to friends like you, we were able to provide the family with bags of groceries so they wouldn’t have to go to sleep hungry. We also provided them with comfort and spiritual guidance.

They left that day feeling confident, with their heads held high.

“Without The Salvation Army’s help, my wife and I would have lost everything,” Mike says. “Because of their support, we could finally get caught up on my daughter’s medical bills. It’s like a huge weight has been lifted, and I couldn’t be more grateful.”

Disasters can take many shapes. Click here to help The Salvation Army continue to assist when ‘everyday disasters’ strike.

 

This story originally appeared in The Salvation Army Good News Newsletter. Please contact Jennifer Renfroe at 727-725-9777, ext. 105 to begin receiving the newsletter in your mailbox.

When people come to The Salvation Army seeking emergency financial assistance, they receive an application to fill out. Included in the application is a voluntary questionnaire that includes just two questions.

Our ‘Brewing Hope’ series will give you insight on what assistance men, women, and children in need are seeking when they come through our doors, and what it means to them to receive a hand up and a sense of hope in their time of need.

 

Name: April

What brings you to The Salvation Army for assistance? My son is sick and I’ve had to be home with him, and now need help with some bills.

What does receiving assistance from The Salvation Army mean to you? It means the world to me because it will help me get my family back on our feet so we can level out and become stable.

 

Thank you for supporting the programs and services of The Salvation Army, so we can help people like April find the hope they need to face another day.

Click here to make a donation today to support the programs and services of The Salvation Army.

Spring is like a light at the end of a dark tunnel. After a hard winter season, the world seems to brighten and the air becomes fresh. This is similar to the millions of families, like Michael’s, that The Salvation Army serves each year.

Being a former professional boxer, Michael has fought tough matches and hard battles. There was one challenge, however, he was not prepared to fight. His boxing career left him legally blind.

He and his wife, Caitlyn, supported their daughter, Claire, by the social security income that Caitlyn was receiving. Sadly, Caitlyn lost her battle with cancer, and Michael soon fell behind on his family’s monthly bills. That’s when Michael contacted The Salvation Army. Our compassionate staff not only provided them basic assistance but also an empathetic listening ear.

When struggling individuals and families turn to us for help, it’s because they have nowhere else to go. They are in over their heads an unable able to see the end of their dark tunnel. We do everything in our power to ensure they receive the help they need to guide them on their way toward self-sufficiency.

People we help know God is working miracles in their lives, even when they can’t see Him.

Click here to help The Salvation Army continue to serve people like Michael.

 

This story originally appeared in The Salvation Army Good News Newsletter. Please contact Jennifer Renfroe at 727-725-9777, ext. 105 to begin receiving the newsletter in your mailbox.

 

 

 

 

 

The Salvation Army is partnering with Bright House Networks to provide Back-to-School supplies for local children in need.

Supplies can be dropped off at The Salvation Army, Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at:

1625 N. Belcher Road, Clearwater, FL 33765 and 340 14th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Supplies needed include: backpacks, pencils, glue sticks, composition books, colored pencils, 3-ring binders, crayons, paper, and erasers.

Want to help but don’t have time to drop off items? Click here to shop online and the items will ship directly to The Salvation Army!

The Salvation Army doesn’t take a summer vacation. 

Unfortunately, with many donors on vacation during the summer months, and the addition of children needing to be fed who would usually receive meals from school, our food pantry shelves are in danger of being bare.

YouGiveGoods is partnering with charities to encourage summer support by holding Pack the Pantry Giving Days from June 8 – June 12.

YouGiveGoods will donate 5% cash to The Salvation Army for any gifts of $50+ to our Online Food Drive!

We invite you to share this opportunity with your friends to help us make an ever greater impact in our community! 

With your help, we can fill our food pantry shelves for those who come to us in need throughout the summer.

Click here to visit the Online Food Drive!

CLEARWATER, FL (May 14, 2015) – The Salvation Army serving Upper Pinellas County is calling for food donations after the annual spring food drive falls short of expectations. “We collected approximately 17,000 items less this year compared to last year,” says Capt. Zach Bell, Corps Officer for The Salvation Army. “Donations of nonperishable food items during the spring are crucial in helping us serve those in need during the summer months.”

The Salvation Army sees families during the summer months that may not need food assistance at any other time of the year. Families whose children normally receive free or reduced breakfast and lunch during the school year will have the extra cost of providing them with these missed meals.

The Salvation Army works to ensure people in need will not have to choose between feeding their families and paying their utility bills. One way the community can help make this possible is by providing nonperishable food items to keep pantry shelves stocked year-round.

To help make up for the spring shortfall, The Salvation Army has launched an Online Food Drive where the community can purchase much-needed items online to be delivered directly to the food pantries where the food will be distributed. The Online Food Drive can be accessed by visiting www.SalvationArmyClearwater.org.

Items can also be dropped off at The Salvation Army Social Services Campus at 1521 E. Druid Road in Clearwater, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE ONLINE FOOD DRIVE!