Santa Fund, Programs build character

Programs build character

Dear Santa,

At The Salvation Army the Christmas season is a busy time of year. We have been blessed to be able to provide Christmas baskets for families, seniors and toys for children. We could not do this without the generous support of our community.

The Christmas season is also the time of year most of our funds are raised to provide our programs and services throughout the year.

In one of the youth programs, 25 children, ages 4 to 16, and five volunteers meet each Wednesday night for a variety of activities. Music is a big part of The Salvation Army, the children have weekly ukulele lessons, timberels and a variety of brass instruments, followed by being part of the singing choir.

Character building programs and devotions are also part of the program as well as nutritional meals. Many of these same children enjoy a special camping program at Camp Ladore, The Salvation Army’s resident camp.

As stated earlier, funds for this and other programs are ongoing, including our Christmas Kettles — at various sites throughout the community; the fifth annual Community Challenge, a 5K, 10K and half marathon; third annual Christmas Kettle Breakfast and the 17th annual Festival of Trees. The Festival of Trees is ongoing at the Lycoming Mall with the auction scheduled for Dec. 13.

Funds raised during this special season help to make Christmas bright for countless families and friends as well as help with programs and services throughout the year.

Santa, I am sure you also have many helpers. That is one of the greatest blessings of all!

Your friend,



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