Salvation Army cuts the ribbon on new donation center

AUGUSTA, GA (WJBF) – The Salvation Army cut the ribbon on its new distribution and donation center.

The center will provide support to the Salvation Army’s Family Store which brings in much needed income to the Center of Hope.

The Center of Hope supports multiple programs, all supported by their family stores.

Now, with this new center, they’ll be able to accept even more donations from the community.

“It’s about 12,000 square feet and we can take…

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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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Salvation Army expands services for clients after seeing an increase of people

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – The Salvation Army has seen an influx of people during the pandemic. So, they thought of new ways to help, like opening a new clothing store.

The store has anything from shoes and accessories to clothing of all ages. They even have accessories and baby diapers.

It’s also…

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Salvation Army of Augusta launches holiday season fundraising campaign early

The Salvation Army launched its holiday season fundraising campaign early this year to better meet the needs of the community during the coronavirus pandemic.

On a national level, the Salvation Army is expecting up to a 50% decrease in red kettle contributions this year because of customers carrying less cash and fewer coins, more online shopping, unemployment rates and closures of retail stores. The organization is expecting a 150% increase in request for assistance nationwide during Christmas.

In an attempt to raise funds, the Salvation Army launched the…

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When a soup kitchen closed, Salvation Army in Augusta filled the gap

A staff member of the Master’s Table in Augusta, Georgia, recently was diagnosed with COVID-19, forcing the soup kitchen to shut down for cleaning and everyone working there to quarantine – and putting its clientele at risk of hunger. The Salvation Army stepped up to the challenge.

“Some of the people who go to the Master’s Table for lunch are the same folks who come to our Center of Hope for dinner,” said Major Douglas McClure, Augusta area commander and senior Kroc Center officer. “These are…

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Salvation Army teams up to serve at Master’s Table during COVID-19

AUGUSTA (WFXG) – Golden Harvest Food Bank and The Salvation Army of Augusta are teaming up to provide meals for those in need.

Starting Tuesday, July 21 and running through Friday, July 24, food provided by Golden Harvest will be prepared at the Salvation Army’s downtown facility and driver to the Master’s Table on Fenwick St. Guests will be served out of Salvation Army trucks by staff and volunteers.

“This is what we do,” said Maj. Douglas McClure, The Salvation Army of Augusta’s Area Commander. “We’ve got a longstanding relationship with Golden Harvest. When one of our partners needs our help, then we will do what we can do be there for them.” The partnership makes perfect sense, McClure said, because of the overlap in guests at the facilities, adding “I’m sure that some of the people who eat dinner…

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The Salvation Army of Augusta Receives Grant from Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Inc.

The Salvation Army of Augusta has received a $20,000 grant from Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Inc. to aid in Covid-19 emergency assistance. The funds received from this grant will go directly towards the cost of providing meals and shelter to those impacted by Covid-19. While the Salvation Army of Augusta is providing 24/7 shelter to Seniors, families with children, and individuals seeking relief, the expanded soup kitchen, located at The Kroc Center of Augusta, is also serving two meals a day to the community.

“We are grateful to Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Inc. for partnering with us to…

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Salvation Army’s local COVID-19 efforts get a boost from Bank of America

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) — The Salvation Army of Augusta received a $20,000 grant from Bank of America Charitable Foundation that will go toward providing meals and shelter to those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The Salvation Army of Augusta’s work is essential to providing services for the homeless in our community throughout this coronavirus pandemic,” said Ora Parish, Augusta market president for Bank of America.

Maj. Douglas McClure, area commander for the Salvation Army, expressed…

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Kroc Center and World Central Kitchen team up to provide food for those in need

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – The Kroc Center and World Central Kitchen are teaming up to provide food to those who need it during the pandemic.

The program has already fed over 20,000 people in the last 50 days.

Anyone can go to the Kroc Center from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. every day to receive a meal for no charge.

I asked Major Douglas McClure what someone had to do to take part in the program.

“Anybody can walk up here. In fact, if you got ten people in your family and you want to send a couple of people to pick up their meals, we’ll give you enough food for your family. Don’t bring everyone up here; we’re still encouraging social distancing. Come on up here and get a…

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Behind the scenes as Augusta’s Kroc Center gets ready to reopen May 4th

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF)– After six weeks of being closed in the coronavirus pandemic, the Kroc Community Center is ready to welcome back its members.

WJBF crews got a behind the scenes look at what it takes to get a massive community center up to strict sanitation standards set by The Salvation Army Headquarters in Atlanta and the State of Georgia, and enforced by the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

Once the RCSO gave the ok, we were allowed…

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