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Lieutenants Dominic and Ivelisse Blanford

Lieutenants Blanford as first-generation Salvationists, have dedicated their lives, skills, and service completely to God through the ministry of The Salvation Army.

Lt. Dominic was born and raised in Orlando, FL and began attending The Orlando Citadel Corps at the very young age of 3. After achieving his associates in arts degree in Christian Ministry, Dominic, along with his wife, are currently continuing their education to obtain their bachelor’s degrees in Christian Ministry.

Lt. Ivelisse was born and raised in Carolina, Puerto Rico. After graduating high school, she moved to Brandon, Fl, where she attended Hillsborough Community College to pursue her degree in Social Work- something she’s very passionate about.

Dominic and Ivelisse met at “Camp Keystone” (The Salvation Army’s Camp in Starke, Florida). They married in 2010. In 2011, they moved to Winter Haven to pursue their calling as Salvation Army officers. For 3 years, Dominic worked in Youth Ministry as the Youth Director at the Corps and Ivelisse worked at the Social Services Department as a case worker. In 2014, they entered The School for Officers Training in Atlanta and they were commissioned and ordained in 2016 with the “Messengers of Light” session. Their first appointment was as Corps Officers at the Jacksonville Citadel Corps. They are now appointed as the Corps Officers of the Winter Haven Corps and they look forward to continuing the Lord’s work in the East Polk County communities.

The Blanfords celebrated 10 years of marriage in September 2020. They have 3 young children, two girls, and one boy.

Set up your own kettle and promote it with your co-workers, family and friends.

With more people facing hardships this year, the call to serve our community is greater than ever. When YOU become a Virtual Bell Ringer, you’ll help provide those facing hardship with food, rent, utility assistance and other life necessities, now and throughout the year to come.

The Angel Tree Program is for families who need assistance providing Christmas gifts to children 12 years of age and younger.

This year due to COVID-19, more people than ever in our community are struggling to make ends meet. The Angel Tree program of Winter Haven/East Polk County helps families in need by providing new clothing and toys to approximately 900 children each year. Your generous gifts will bring joy to a local child and help us Rescue Christmas.

We are sorry. Unfortunately, our 2020 Christmas Assistance Applications are closed now.

How Does it Work?

Learn how The Salvation Army Angel Tree program and its donors help millions of parents and children in need celebrate Christmas.

Registry For Good!

Buy a gift from our registry through Walmart.com and it will get sent directly to our distribution site to give to an Angel

Adopt an Angel Online? (click here)

Starting November 9th…

Thank you for choosing to “adopt” a child in need this holiday season. We hope these guidelines will answer any questions you may have about what to buy for the children and how to package the donations.

What we hope sponsors will donate for EACH child:

(Please keep in mind that Angel Tree only distributes new, unused items)

  • One full outfit for school
  • A pair of shoes
  • 2-3 age appropriate toys of your Consider using the Angels wish/need list items located on the front of this card.

 

How to pack your Angel Tree donations:

  • When you select items for your Angel please be sure to that you can return all items in one bag (a drawstring type trash bag works best).
  • Please do not wrap any of the gifts (this is an important security measure)!
  • Each child should be placed in separate bags
  • Place all donations for each child into one bag.
  • Be sure to place the Angel Tag with the child’s unique numeric code in the bag facing outwards. Please tape or secure the Angel Tag to the outside of the bag so it can be easily seen.
  • If you purchase an item that is too large to fit into the bag (ex: bicycle) please label it with the unique Angel code found on the Angel Tag!
  • If you’re feeling extra generous and would like to purchase more donations than will fit into the bag we encourage you to “adopt” two children instead!
  • Don’t forget to remove the bottom portion of the Angel Tag for tax receipt purposes!

ALL GIFTS MUST BE RETURNED ON OR BEFORE DECEMBER 10th

Drop Off at: 1898 Hwy 17 N. Winter Haven, FL 33884 Monday- Friday 9:00am-5:00pm

 Thank you for helping us help others by offering a bright Christmas to needy families in our community.

For more information contact: 863-294-7493

THANK YOU!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

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  • Nov. 9 - Dec. 4

    Adopt an Angel

  • Dec. 11

    Drop-Off Gifts By

  • Dec. 16

    Distribution Day

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(863) 401-3583

Hours of Operation:

Tuesdays- Saturdays

9:00am- 5:00pm

Address

927 6th St NW, Winter Haven, FL 33881

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VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED AT THE STORE!
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Sunday School @ 10:00am

Sundays @ 11:00am

Our mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

Corps & Administration

1898 HWY 17 N.
WINTER HAVEN, FL 33881
 (863) 294 -7493 

SOCIAL SERVICES & SHELTER

320 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. BLVD NW
WINTER HAVEN, FL 33881
(863) 291-5107 

FAMILY STORE & DONATION CENTER

927 6TH ST. NW
WINTER HAVEN, FL 33881
(863) 401-3583

Lieutenant Dominic Blanford

Corps Officer

Ext. 101

Diana Woodhead

Director of Social Services

Cynthia Green

Store Manager

Lieutenant Ivelisse Blanford

Corps Officer

Ext. 102

John Mulvany

Social Services Worker

Sharon Davis

Corps Accountant

Ext. 103

Marilyn Van Riper

Case Worker

Cynthia Ramos

Human Resources/Administrative Clerk

Ext. 105

Advisory Board Members

Our Advisory Board is a team of local professionals dedicated to the mission of the Salvation Army. The Board strives to further the Army’s goal of “doing the most good” while maintaining responsible stewardship of the Army’s resources.

Michael Kennedy

Chairman

Edward Jones

Becky Chichetto

Board Member

Publix Super Markets

Pete Chichetto

Board Member

Callany Properties

Darren Chambers

Board Member

Polk County Sheriff’s Office

Justin Hoagland

Board Member

Red Hoagland Hyundai

Bryson Macchione

Board Member

Guardian Wealth Management

William Slaybough

Board Member

Retired

Dale Smith

Board Member

Retired

Carlton W. "Dub" Palmore Jr.

Life Member

Lieutenant Dominic Blanford

Corps Officer

Salvation Army Representative

The Salvation Army’s Nationwide Response to Coronavirus COVID-19

As the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic continues, we are monitoring the situation daily. Safety is of utmost priority, so we have ramped up efforts to slow the spread of this virus among our employees, volunteers, and the homeless and other vulnerable people we serve.

In the United States, one in six people live in poverty, and more than 550,000 are counted as homeless. These populations severely lack access to proper care, hygiene, updated information, and medical resources, which makes them more susceptible to the virus. This is where we come in. This is who we serve.

We are working with local, state, and federal government and health authorities, including participating in situation awareness calls with federal partners like FEMA, CDC, DHS, and HHS. We are developing new hygiene and cleaning protocols to help keep safe our residents and others who depend on The Salvation Army’s programs and services to survive. In addition, all staff, volunteers, and program participants have been sent hygiene and prevention information as recommended by the CDC.

Meanwhile, our local divisions will continue to work in close partnership with area government and health experts to prepare and respond to meet specific community needs of 23 million individuals we serve each year and the more than 63,000 employees of our organization. We will continue to update this page as developments warrant.

We need support from our communities to continue to meet the daily needs of these vulnerable populations. Your donations will continue to help us respond to the situation.


  • Nov. 26

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  • November 27

    First Day of Kettles!

  • December 16

    Angel Tree Distribution

  • December 24

    Last Day of Kettles

  • Dec. 25

    Merry Christmas!

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