APD donates jackets to Salvation Army

ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) – The Albany Police Department donated over 20 lightly to never worn jackets to the Salvation Army.

It’s all part of what they’re calling “Operation Warm Coat.”

The department donated a total of 27 jackets…

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Southwest Georgia Kicks Off 2020 Toys for Tots Campaign

Staff Sgt. Tara Ballard, coordinator, Toys for Tots, and Capt. Rebecca Sullivan, commanding officer, Salvation Army, gathered aboard Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany to formally kickoff the 73rd annual Toys for Tots campaign, Oct. 2.

Toys for Tots is the largest Department of Defense outreach program. According to Ballard, it is a combined effort among the Marine Corps Reserves, local businesses and the Salvation Army to ensure less fortunate children have…

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Dougherty Co. Salvation Army thrift store officially closed

ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) – Dougherty County’s only Salvation Army thrift store is now closed thanks to COVID-19.

“The store has always been going through a tough time,” said Capt. James Sullivan.

Sullivan said COVID-19 put the final nail in the coffin for the store. He said it was a heavy burden on their finances.

The store officially closed Friday.

The closure displaced…

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The Salvation Army thrift store permanently closes in Albany

After more than thirty years as part of the Albany community, The Salvation Army Family Thrift Store will be not be re-opening. The store has been closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, and that shutdown will now be permanent.

The first priority of the store was to raise funds to continue offering social services, disaster services and homeless outreach, but the current financial crisis, due in large part to the pandemic, has made it…

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Salvation Army of Albany working to restock supplies for food distribution

ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) – Food is still badly needed by people in need in Albany, according to the Salvation Army. The organization is working to obtain more emergency supplies to keep distributing food during the pandemic. Through April, and so far in May, the Salvation Army has supplied thousands of boxes of food to people in need. On Thursday it will give out the last of the food boxes it has for distribution. “Yes, the need is still here, deeply. You know, I think the city has been hit…

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400 families fed during Salvation Army food distribution

ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) – The Salvation Army fed over 400 families during their latest food distribution. Cars filled the parking lot of the Albany Civic Center on Thursday to get a box of food during these uncertain times. Salvation Army Captain Rebecca Sullivan said she encourages people to continue to listen to local government.

“We are all in this together, so it…

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Salvation Army host food distribution for local organizations

ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) – Feeding the Valley Food Bank supplied products for three food distributions on Thursday. Those were for the Salvation Army, Boys & Girls Club of Albany, and Life Church in Leesburg. Feeding the Valley Food Bank gave about 10,000 pounds of food altogether for three food distributions Thursday. Salvation Army Captain Rebecca Sullivan said they also partnered with Midwest Foods, who helps them with disaster relief. They were able to give out more than…

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Albany’s Salvation Army offers food assistance for families in need during COVID-19 crisis

ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) – Albany’s Salvation Army is helping families during the COVID-19 crisis by holding a food drive throughout the month. The Salvation Army said hunger has become a real problem in Albany with the lack of employment and students at home without school meals. The boxes that are being provided are filled with non-perishable foods, fresh fruits and vegetables, pastries and even toilet paper. David Blackwell, the chair of the advisory board, said Thursday’s turnout was greater… 

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Salvation Army giving out meal boxes to assist families during COVID-19 pandemic

The Salvation Army of Albany has teamed with Midwest Company in Atlanta to distribute meal boxes. The meal boxes can feed up to four people, three to four meals a day. Thursday morning was the first day of distribution, where over 1,300 meal boxes were given out. The Salvation Army Board Member, David Blackwell said…

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Albany’s Salvation Army taking aim at hunger during COVID-19 crisis

ALBANY, Ga. – The Albany Salvation Army says hunger has become a real problem in Albany in the midst of the COVID 19 crisis.

To address the issue, the organization is holding a food distribution Thursday morning. The Salvation Army will continue to distribute food for the next six Thursdays. The Salvation Army said hunger has become a much more difficult problem, especially since the Dougherty County School System stopped providing meals for students. “We just think the greater need is here since we are a hotspot. But also because the schools…

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