The Salvation Army is kicking off the holiday season.
Here's a look at the events and programs offered during the holidays:
Kettle Kick-Off Wednesday, Nov. 6, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Kroger, 2801 Washington Road This sports-themed event will begin with a speech by The Salvation Army officers and a concert by The Salvation Army Band. Throughout the day, kettles will be set up to represent college sports teams, such as the Eagles, Bulldogs, Tigers, and the Tide. People are encouraged to donate to the kettle representing their favorite team. The team that collects the most donations will be crowned the "2013 Kettle Kick-Off Champion". Just $1,000 provides 606 meals in the Soup Kitchen or 56 nights of shelter, including daily hot meals and showers at the Center of Hope.
The annual kettle campaign is one of The Salvation Army's largest and most-recognized fundraisers. This year, hundreds of volunteers and paid workers will be stationed all over the Augusta area collecting much needed donations that will fund Salvation Army programs throughout the year. Programs such as the free Residential Alcohol & Drug Rehabilitation, emergency shelter, Soup Line, and Job Skills Training will benefit from the money raised.
Christmas Assistance Applications Nov. 12-13, 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3:30 p.m. First Stop Center, 1765 Broad Street The Salvation Army of Greater Augusta's Christmas Assistance Program helps provide Christmas gifts for children ages 12 and under. Assistance will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. The staff asks that applicants do not bring children. Applicants are asked to provide the following documents.
Photo ID for all adults in household
Birth Certificates for all children in household
Social security cards for everyone in household
Proof of income (including food stamps)
Proof of expenses (bills you pay)
Proof of current address
Legal custody papers for children who are not your birth children
If you have any questions, please call 706.922.8330.
Thanksgiving Soup Line Meal Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2 to 4:30 p.m. The Salvation Army Center of Hope, 1384 Greene Street This meal is free and open to anyone in need.
Angel Tree Now through Dec. 6 The Angel Tree Program brings the joy of Christmas to children from families in need with the help of generous sponsors. Gifts purchased by sponsors are given by The Salvation Army to parents who may then experience the pride of providing gifts for their children and the treasure of sharing in their excitement.
Angels are available at The Salvation Army Kroc Center and other participating locations in the Augusta area. For more information, or to sponsor an angel contact Major Vicki Perez at 706-922-1524.
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