Salvation Army telethon Thursday night will help fund annual summer camp

Singing, swimming, roasting marshmallows around a camp fire, learning to play a musical instrument.

These are some of the activities awaiting children who attend the local Salvation Army’s Summer Music Days Day Camp later this year.

“This is for boys and girls, ages 7 to 12,” said Patricia Thompson, event coordinator for the Salvation Army of Whitfield, Murray and Gordon County. “We focus on music and arts. We take referrals from school social workers first. Then we open it up to other children in need. There’s no charge to the family. This should have been our 25th year, but after COVID-19 hit, we did not have a camp last year. So this will be our 24th year.”

The camp is funded by…

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Salvation Army leaders ‘find a way to help’ those in need

Like so many nonprofits, the Salvation Army of Whitfield, Murray and Gordon County has faced the pressure of increased demand for services during the COVID-19 pandemic while also contending with diminished donations.

“We never close, and we never stop serving people, but we had to (figure out) how to keep our employees and clients safe,” said Capt. Arnaldo Pena. For example, “we normally meet in person with every client, but we switched to (doing it) by phone” due to the pandemic, although the organization’s staff later transitioned back to face-to-face meetings while observing social distancing and wearing masks.

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Pandemic causes local charities to innovate to serve clients

In the space of about a month, the unemployment rate in metro Dalton (Whitfield and Murray counties) almost quadrupled to 20.5% in April, a record and the highest in the state, from 5.2% in March.

The new coronavirus (COVID-19) and the economic shutdown imposed by the state to help fight the virus left many local residents without jobs and forced local charities to completely rethink the way they help the needy.

Pamela Cudd, executive director of City of Refuge, said that agency had to completely remake its food bank. City of Refuge provides services to low-income…

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Dalton Little Theatre Presents ‘Shrek The Musical’

Major Douglas McClure directs the upcoming musical ‘Shrek The Musical Jr.’ at Dalton’s Little Theatre. The theatre will feature a special ‘sensory sensitive’ performance Jan 31, at 7pm.
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Red Kettle drive in full swing

dalton-christmas-articleDALTON, GA (December 13, 2016) – Many northwest Georgia families are helped year-round by the Salvation Army of Whitfield, Murray and Gordon Counties, but Capt. Douglas McClure says the Christmas season is the time when most of the needed funds are raised.

Kiwanis Club of Dalton members help the Salvation Army with volunteer hours by ringing bells for the annual Red Kettle drive now and with the annual “Scouting for Food” drive in January.

“We’re doing the most good,” McClure told Kiwanians recently. “Every penny placed in a red kettle will be used to change someone’s life.”

McClure told the gathering as many as 30 families each day receive food assistance at the Salvation Army’s Dalton location. Another 25 to 30 families are served daily in Murray County.

“Not a small amount of food either,” added McClure. “We give them canned goods and other nonperishables … and now even some fresh fruits.”

Families also receive temporary assistance with rent, utilities and prescription drugs. The Salvation Army has five apartment units on its campus that serve as transitional housing for families. The housing is for a three- to six-month period.

A program called “Pathway to Hope” helps people better understand that they need to pay bills on time.

“Participants are given tools to help them budget their money,” said McClure.

Article from Dalton Daily Citizen