During this past Christmas season when the holiday seemed so bleak for so many, support from our faithful donors made a difference in bringing joy and hope to those in need.
On behalf of the 45 Salvation Army Corps and volunteer Service Units throughout Upstate New York, I thank all who donated goods, services, money and time to make this Christmas holiday brighter for families, seniors and children.
It is clear that in our strained economy the face of those in need has changed to include grandparents raising grandchildren and those suddenly facing unemployment. In fact, we heard from many who had volunteered or donated to support the work of The Army in the past who now find themselves in need.
I am humbled to share several instances of compassion - the donor from northern New York who walked into the Salvation Army and donated $10,000; those who donated to the Christmas Angel Tree program through JC Penney where 1,476 children and seniors received gifts; those who donated to a nearby Red Kettle, raising critical funds to provide services year-round; our many volunteers who rang the bell including a 97 year old volunteer; those who collected food and gifts at their workplace. Your generosity and spirit of kindness is vibrant in all of our communities.
The Salvation Army provides help and life changing assistance to those in need not just at Christmas time but every day of the year. I encourage those who have helped The Salvation Army this year to continue that support all year long. Because you stand with us, together we can "do the most good."
MAJ. DONALD HOSTETLER,
Empire State Division,
The Salvation Army