Family’s very special Christmas tree warming hearts in northeast Florida By: Brad Rowland
With the holiday season approaching and the potential for colder temperatures, a fourth-grade student named Zoey Brown sprang into action.
Zoey, who attends PVPV-Rawlings Elementary School in Ponte Vedra, Florida, was inspired by The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program and, with a bit of help from her family, she created the “Tree of Warmth,” attracting attention from across the Jacksonville area.
Zoey, whose grandmother, Pam Brown, is the sister of Major Candice Biggers, drew her initial inspiration from an otherwise innocuous conversation during a family dinner.
“From my understanding, the trigger for this initiative was a conversation we were having during dinner with Pam, her husband, Steve, and their grandchildren,” said Major Keath Biggers, Jacksonville area commander.
“We were discussing the Angel Tree, and one of the children, Bronx, began calling it the ‘Homeless Tree’ by mistake. We..
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Be The Good
The mission of The Salvation Army is "...To preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination."
The Orlando Metropolitan Area Command has served the Orange County community for an entire century. Currently, our community is at the center of a housing crisis. We provide emergency and transitional housing for women, children, men, and veterans experiencing homelessness. We work closely with city leaders and other local assistance agencies to render services that help our clients escape the cycle of multi-generational poverty with:
- Emergency shelter (300 beds per night)
- Case management
- Homelessness prevention through rent, mortgage, and essential utility assistance
- Affordable transitional housing, rapid rehousing, housing-first wrap-around supportive services
- Low-income housing for senior citizens
- Pathway of Hope - long-term recovery into self-sufficiency
- Prgrams that teach self-care, self-sufficiency, and financial responsibility
The Salvation Army is also in the fight to combat hunger. We provide:
- 1000 meals every weekday
- An Annual Thanksgiving Feast
- Food bags for families in need
- Nutritious meals every week for over 150 at-risk youth
We offer character-building, music & sports, summer camps, and educational programs for kids in our community. Through our Angel Tree program, thousands of children and senior citizens wake up to gifts on Christmas morning. Thanks to the giving hearts of our donors, we're able to Be The Good working to stabilize those who are experiencing poverty.
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The Salvation Army Southern Territorial
Band and Songsters
The Salvation Army of Orlando is celebrating 100 years of service in Metro Orlando. The Southern Territorial Band and Songsters of The Salvation Army will be in the City Beautiful to help us honor the many years of meeting human needs. This group of premier musicians will headline two celebratory concerts which kick off the start of our yearlong centennial celebration and also will be participating in our Sunday morning worship service. These events are Free to the public, so grab your friends and family and join us as we kick off our yearlong centennial celebration!
Saturday, January 25th 11AM
Come hear the sweet sounds of the band and songsters, LIVE at
The Lake Eola Bandshell
512 E Washington St
Orlando, FL 32801
Saturday, January 25th 7PM
Come sing and worship with us inside of one of Orlando's most beautiful churches
Orlando Centennial Celebration Concert
First United Methodist Church
142 E Jackson St
Orlando, FL 32801
Orlando Singing Company & Beginner Band Participating
Sunday, January 26th 10:30AM
Worship Service Orlando Citadel
440 W Colonial Dr
Orlando, FL 32804
Divisional Commander Lt Colonel Ken Luyk bringing the message