Managing donations in the age of the coronavirus

The recent months have required seemingly endless adjustments to everyday life, from wearing masks in public spaces to sometimes having to hunt to find such previously mundane purchases as hand sanitizer and household bleach. For local thrift store managers, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought both a boon in donations and some challenges in dealing with those donations…

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The Salvation Army of Greater Macon Receives State Farm Grant

Macon’s only transient homeless shelter, The Salvation Army of Greater Macon, was announced as a recipient of the State Farm Grant. The grant will be used to support the shelter and meal programs of The Salvation Army of Greater Macon.

“We are grateful and blessed to receive such a generous grant from State Farm. Operating 24-7 during a pandemic is a challenge, but one that we will overcome. The funds from the State Farm Grant will allow us to continue meeting the needs of the homeless in Central Georgia.” – Major Johnny Poole

“Like a Good Neighbor, State Farm is helping turn caring into doing says State Farm agent James Hawkins. We are proud to support the Salvation Army efforts to provide safe shelter and a warm meal to the homeless and those in need”

Under the leadership of the Pooles, The Salvation Army of Greater Macon will continue to serve families, children, men, women, and Veterans who need emergency shelter. The Salvation Army’s 126-bed facility will continue to operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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Salvation Army opens newly renovated retail store

The Salvation Army of Milledgeville recently opened the doors to its newly-renovated retail store. 

Cynthia Ward-Edwards serves as the director of the Salvation Army for both Milledgeville and Sandersville and she is very proud of the store’s clean, new look.

“Everything is new here inside,” said Ward-Edwards. “Everything is state-of-the-art in this building.”

The store has operated out of the front part of the building at 461 E. Hancock St. for several years, but the space was very limited. Some merchandise had to be displayed outside the store and then stored away in the warehouse every night. With the newly-renovated store now occupying the back part of the same building, the store has quintupled in size from 1,000 square feet to 5,000 square feet, allowing for a more spacious and pleasant shopping space for customers.

In addition to the added space, the store has…

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Thomasville’s Project SHARE: Neighbors helping neighbors

THOMASVILLE – Thomasville has a long history of “neighbors helping neighbors” to overcome times of community crisis. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has proven to be yet another example, and many city of Thomasville Utilities customers may find themselves in need of assistance. Through a partnership with the Salvation Army, utilities customers who would like to offer assistance to those in need can help through the Project SHARE program.

“Project SHARE is designed to help Georgians experiencing financial hardship by assisting them with basic necessities such as housing, prescription medications, and utilities costs,” Melissa Donaldson, Utilities director of customer service, said in a news release. “Through this program, our…

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The Salvation Army of Georgia Readies Ahead of Hurricane Isaias

ATLANTA, GA (July 31, 2020) – The Salvation Army of Georgia’s emergency disaster service stands ready and prepared in advance of a possible impact by Hurricane Isaias along the Georgia coastline. Multiple factors currently limit anticipating a clear and predictable track for Hurricane Isaias, but the latest models refelct an eastern bend in the track as it makes its way north through Florida towards the Peach State and skirting Georgia as it makes its way up along the eastern U.S. coast.

The Salvation Army Georgia Divisional Commander, Lieutenant Colonel William Mockabee, directed…

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Community fund raises $40,000 for COVID-19 relief

Responding to the loss of jobs and income due to the pandemic, Coastal Georgia residents raised more than $40,000 over the last several months for agencies and programs in Camden County.

Camden Connection, a collaborative of social service organizations, spearheaded the effort and partnered with the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation, which agreed to match every dollar donated.

The mayors of each city in Camden — St. Marys Mayor John Morrissey, Woodbine Mayor Kizzy Knight and Kingsland Mayor Grayson Day — also started a friendly competition among residents of those cities to help drive donations.

“Every dollar donated went directly to an organization that is working to meet the most pressing needs of our community. The fund…

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Local Goodwill and Salvation Army Work Together on Property Transition

Two local charities are working together on logistical changes to better serve each of their ministries in the Augusta area.

The Salvation Army of Augusta is moving its Family Store at 3362 Wrightsboro Road in Augusta. After some remodeling, Goodwill of Middle Georgia and the CSRA will move into the Wrightsboro Road space, opening a retail training store and a…

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Salvation Army of Valdosta hosts cookout

VALDOSTA — The Salvation Army in collaboration with Second Harvest of South Georgia, South Georgia Partnership to End Homelessness and the Re-Generation Rescue Mission observed Father’s Day by meeting an ongoing need in the community.

The Salvation Army hosted its second drive-through cookout and toy giveaway, Salvation Army representatives said in a statement.

Cars began lining up two-and-a-half hours early, Salvation Army Lt. Chris Thomas said.

After speaking to a few of the early arrivals, Thomas learned someone gave them the wrong start time.

“I was encouraging them to leave and come back to prevent them from having to wait in the heat. They all expressed that they would wait it out because they could not afford the gas to go and come back,” Thomas said. “We were still getting…

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The Salvation Army of Tifton’s First MILK-A-POOLZA


Media Contact: 
Kelley Bedore, Tifton Service Center Director

The Salvation Army of Tifton
1205 Highway 82 East
Tifton, GA 31794
(229) 386-1503


TIFTON, GA (June 17, 2020) – On Tuesday, June 23 at 9 a.m., The Salvation Army of Tifton will hold its first MILK-A-POOLZA where 250 gallons of milk will be distributed to neighbors in need.

Sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), a refrigerated truck will transport milk generously donated by Bordon Dairy to The Salvation Army of Tifton’s service center located at 1205 E. Hwy 82, Tifton, GA 31793. This event is open to the general public where those in need have the opportunity to drive up in their vehicles and choose between 2% and whole milk (a limit of one gallon per household while supplies last).

There are no eligibility requirements to receive the milk, but The Salvation Army asks that all participants stay in their vehicles and follow COVID-19 safety measures, such as wearing masks and practicing social distancing. All staff members and volunteers will be wearing the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and will take appropriate safety precautions when distributing milk.

“One of our biggest passions is feeding the hungry, so what better way to do that than providing a healthy drink like milk to our community,” said Kelley Bedore, The Salvation Army of Tifton’s Service Center Director. “Trying to find nutritious, affordable food to put on the table has been a constant struggle for many of our neighbors, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only intensified their need.”

Since the length of the COVID-19 crisis is unknown, The Salvation Army of Tifton is enhancing its programs to include events like MILK-A-POOLZA to combat the tough times that so many face today.

“We would like to extend a huge ‘thank you’ to Bordon Dairy and the USDA for their support and incredible partnership,” said Bedore. “We are proud to stand together with both of these organizations in these unprecedented times in doing the most good for the Tifton community.”

The anticipated turnout for Tuesday’s MILK-A-POOLZA is expected to be over 200 people. In the future, The Salvation Army of Tifton plans to hold similar events twice a month. For information on future event dates or inquiries on how to apply for financial assistance, please contact The Salvation Army of Tifton service center at 229-386-1503 or email Kelley Bedore at




About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those most in need in Christ’s name, without discrimination, since 1865. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a broad array of social services that includes providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, supports for the elderly and ill, shelter and job placement for the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children to flourish. About 82 cents of every dollar raised is used directly to support these services and more where needed most in over 5,000 communities throughout the U.S. To learn more, go to

Salvation Army holds Father’s Day meal

VALDOSTA — A pre-Father’s Day drive-through meal and toy giveaway will be held noon, Saturday, June 20, at the Salvation Army, 320 Smithland Place.

The Salvation Army, South Georgia Partnership to End Homelessness, Second Harvest of South Georgia, the Re-Generation Rescue Mission and Kingdom Agenda Women host the event, organizers said in a statement.

A pick-up lunch for the family and one toy for each child in the house will be provided. Stay…

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