Northampton Salvation Army: “Thanks!”

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Dear Editor:

The Salvation Army of Northampton County greatly appreciates the many, many gifts that our community has provided to families in Northampton County. This year Salvation Army volunteers rang bells at the Food Lions in Exmore and Cape Charles, CBBT Welcome Center and Walmart in Onley. We thank the many volunteers that donated two hours or more to stand by one of our Red Kettles. Kettle donations and donations sent to our address (P.O. Box 1274, Exmore, VA 23350) remain with the chapter and are important in providing needed assistance to our community. We have also established a website to accept donations (https://www.salvationarmyeasternshoreva.org/)

The money raised during the holiday season enables us to provide not only joy at Christmas but 365 days a year. Because of your support, we will continue to provide services and funds to individuals that have experienced a sudden, unexpected emergency in 2021. We receive referrals from community organizations including Social Services and Northampton Social Ministries to support individuals and families in recovering from fires, illness, homelessness, disasters and other issues.

We just completed the annual Angel Tree and Toy Closet program. This program, done in cooperation with the Northampton County Department of Social Services, provided gifts to children from birth to twelve years of age. This year over 260 children received Angel Tree gifts and toys. Our distribution was very different as the Angel Gift was a $50 gift card from Walmart that could only be used for children’s clothing and the toys were selected by the Marines in Tidewater and delivered to us bagged and ready to distribute. We especially thank the following for their support: Northampton County Social Services and Sheriff’s Department, Eastern Shore Post, Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel staff, Walmart, Bless our Children, Edward Jones, community churches and the Virginia Housing Development Authority.

The joy and privilege that is ours is made possible only by the generosity of our community. On behalf of our families, THANK YOU and may God Bless you!

Richard Sterrett, Chair Northampton Salvation Army Unit