Charitable giving rises to meet Augusta’s need during COVID crisis

Amid losses during the COVID-19 pandemic, charitable donations in the Augusta area in many ways flourished.

The phenomenon seems counterintuitive. Effects of the coronavirus shuttered businesses, reduced jobs and drove down commercial activity nationwide. But despite COVID creating more Americans in need, people still found more ways to give.

“I think people have been generally more…

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Salvation Army has new ways you can help during pandemic

AUGUSTA, GA (WJBF) – 30 million people across the U.S. are living without paychecks, half a million are facing homelessness and 54 million are struggling to find their next meal.

The pandemic’s impact can be felt by people across the country and by charitable organizations, like the Salvation Army.

“This is an incredibly challenging season. One of the things I tell people all the time is it’s almost like doing the same amount of work with one hand tied behind your back. Our numbers for our shelter have not diminished, they’re increasing…

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Salvation Army of Savannah receives $500,000 grant from CARES Act

The Salvation Army of Savannah has been awarded a $500,000 grant through the City of Savannah as part of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The grant will allow TSA to build for the future as it anticipates ongoing increases in a need for its services, according to the organization.

The funds will go towards needed renovations for TSA’s Center of Hope on Montgomery Street, which has not had upgrades since 1980 and is in a serious condition of disrepair impacting on its future as a gathering place and shelter for those most in need. The organization uses this facility to…

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The Salvation Army of Savannah Receives $500,000 Grant from the CARES Act to Renovate Center of Hope

The Salvation Army of Savannah (TSA) has been awarded a $500,000 grant through the City of Savannah as part of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This generous grant will allow TSA to build for the future as it anticipates ongoing increases in a need for its services.

The funds will go towards urgently needed renovations for TSA’s Center of Hope on Montgomery St. This location has not had any upgrades since 1980 and is in a serious condition of disrepair which is impacting on its future as a gathering place and shelter for those most in need. The organization uses this facility to host their social services offices, an overnight and day shelter for homeless families…

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Salvation Army receives $500K of CARES Act funds

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) – The Salvation Army of Savannah getting a big grant from the city to help renovate some of their locations and to help those in need.

$500,000 will be going towards fixing up the Salvation Army’s thrift store and community center. The grant is all part of the CARES Act.

Among those who attended when…

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Augusta virtual concert to kick off Red Kettle campaign

Given a pandemic that’s put a lid on group gatherings this year, The Salvation Army Augusta, Georgia, Command decided on something radically different to launch and sustain its annual Red Kettle campaign: a virtual concert and streaming music videos.

“Normally we’d do a kettle kickoff in front of a store, like a Hobby Lobby,” said Major Douglas McClure, Augusta area commander. “With COVID-19, we realized having a lot of the community come out for a…

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Delta’s in-kind giving to Salvation Army worth up to $14 million

As young people settled into their virtual studies this fall at The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Atlanta, Georgia, a realization dawned on the adults: What’s all that noise? Not the children – the computers. Specifically, the speakers.

“You can imagine 10 different kids doing 10 different assignments and everybody’s teacher is talking,” said Joshua Dickerson, executive director of the Army’s clubs in Atlanta.

Then, a gift from above: With so few people traveling because of the coronavirus, Delta Air Lines had disposable…

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Victoria – A Brunswick Story

Brunswick, GA (July 21, 2020) – Adjusting back into society after prison is a difficult feat on its own, but the added pressures of an ongoing pandemic can make it considerably more stressful when trying to get one’s life back on track.

Victoria was one of those individuals. After serving her prison sentence of 6 years, Victoria found herself living on the streets of Brunswick, GA. For 7 months, she wandered around feeling helpless, confused, and alone – unsure of how to start rebuilding her life and make ends meet while navigating the unknown waters of the COVID-19 pandemic.

With nowhere to go and no support system to guide her, she became anxious and her future looked bleak. The daily struggle to find basic necessities became even more challenging as the pandemic caused generous city-goers to quarantine inside and food establishments to close. The fear and uncertainty of this unprecedented time added to her already stressful situation made her feel cornered and hopeless.

Just as her perseverance was about to run out, she learned of The Salvation Army of Brunswick’s new COVID-19 shelter – a shelter that was open to anyone since the pandemic had left so many homeless. This shelter in particular differed from the others, as the people it served did not need to be Salvation Army clients to stay. Victoria was immediately drawn to the shelter because of its close proximity, ease of admission, and welcoming spirit – it looked like a second chance.

The COVID-19 shelter refueled her hope, nourished her body and soul, and inspired her to continue pushing forward. After her 3-week stay there, she decided to become an official Salvation Army client and transfer to the original Salvation Army Homeless shelter in Brunswick to begin the free, 90-day program centered around self-sustainability.

Through this program, Victoria was able to secure personal shelter, take classes on budgeting and other crucial life skills, and obtain a stable job as a warehouse worker on Saint Simons Island. She successfully graduated from the shelter’s program, created a solid foundation for her life, and fostered many meaningful relationships along the way. Because of her new skill sets and support systems, she no longer feels lonely, scared, or off track.

Victoria often comes back to visit the shelter’s staff and clients – people who she now describes to be lifelong friends. In one of her most recent visits, she shared the exciting news that she had reconnected with an old friend after leaving the shelter’s program – a friend in which she had fallen in love with and decided to marry.

A stable job, happy marriage, and fulfilling life didn’t seem feasible just a few months ago for her, but with the assistance and support of The Salvation Army, Victoria has made it a reality.

Salvation Army hoping to rescue Christmas

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) – Christmas seems to come earlier every year. This year, that’s exactly what the Salvation Army is banking on.

“It’s been challenging the whole COVID period. This pandemic has moved things around a lot for the Salvation Army,” said Major Paul Egan of Salvation Army Savannah.

But despite the pandemic, the Salvation Army has…

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Organization looks to make a difference amid holidays and pandemic

For the first time in 120 years, The Salvation Army of Savannah (TSA) is starting its annual holiday fundraising campaign early in order to rescue Christmas. The funds raised through the organization’s iconic red kettles are at risk this year due to COVID-19, while requests for services are at an all-time high.

Based on the increase in services already provided in response to the pandemic, the organization could serve up to 155% more people in 2020 with Christmas assistance, including putting food…

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