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The Salvation Army of Livingston County thanks the community for the support of their summer programs

This summer was a busy one for The Salvation Army of Livingston County and we could not have done it without help.

Thanks to the hundreds of volunteers this summer, The Salvation Army was able to provide thousands of meals to Livingston County children June through August. Once again, The Salvation Army’s Summer Lunch Bunch program provided nutritious meals to children that may have gone without. As well as provide experiences and educational opportunities making the program about more than just food, but also giving the kids something to share as their “summer vacation”.

This summer also brought a huge change to The Salvation Army’s food pantry. The food pantry was formally just a place to “get food”; now the pantry is a place of choice. Families are able to “shop” and choose what items best fit their nutritional needs. The pantry is often able to provide fresh vegetables, fruit, and dairy products, like milk, yogurt and other items as they are donated. Thanks to generous volunteers, the pantry now has regular drop in hours verses scheduling appointments. The pantry is still working on getting donations of meats/proteins and personal care items such as shampoo, conditioner, soap/body wash, diapers and feminine products as those items are not donated as often; however the much-improved pantry has resulted in the assistance of 25 plus families per month and growing!

The Salvation Army’s Echo Grove summer camp provides camp experiences and programs that compare to any other camp around. This summer The Salvation Army of Livingston County provided 30 camp experiences that included crafts, water activities, sports, music, team building, socialization and your all around week at camp fun. Camp lengths range from 3 days to an entire week with a cost of only $15 to $30 per child that includes everything even the ride there and back. There are also grants and special circumstances to help cover those costs too.

“Camp is often expensive and many families are not able to afford it” Says Major Prezza Morrison “The Salvation Army is able to make it so that every kid can go to camp. This year we were able to help a family that fosters several children. The family could not afford to send 4 kids to camp, but with our help all of the kids were able to go to not only 1 camp but several.”

The Pathways of Hope initiative brought big changes to the lives of many families this summer helping provide the counseling, education and resources to help them become self-reliant. Some of the successes of the initiative include helping a single mother get into housing, helping a parent find a secure job that pays enough to support the family, helping a family provide their child with Karate classes to help with his self-confidence, socialization and discipline. The Salvation Army is excited about the huge successes of Pathways of Hope and can’t wait to share more as the year continues.

As the days get shorter, last minute vacations are being taken and school shopping begins, it is a sure sign that summer is ending, fall is coming and for The Salvation Army of Livingston County, Christmas assistance planning begins. We invite the entire community to stop in, visit our website or give us a call to see how you can be part of the amazing next season helping those in need right next door.

The Salvation Army is seeking donations and volunteers to assist with fall and winter programs. The opportunity to sponsor a Red Kettle is now open with limited locations. Donations accepted via mail The Salvation Army P.O. Box 647 Howell, MI 48844 in person at the corps community center , 503 Lake Street, Howell 48843, online www.salvationarmylivingston.org or via telephone , Nikki Moor 517-295-4342.

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