South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday)

Salvation Army launches Rescue Christmas initiative

- By Brett Shweky

With over 50 retail locations participat­ing this holiday season, The SalvationA­rmy of Broward County recently launched itsRescueC­hristmas giving initiative.

Hoping toprovide extra holiday spirit in a year

consumedby­COVID-19, the nonprofit organizati­on is encouragin­g benefactor­s to visit socially distanced RedKettles throughout BrowardCou­nty aswell as provide donations through its virtual AngelTree registry.

Distributi­ng over 8,000 toys and accumulati­ng over

$200,000 in donations last year, both programs helped The SalvationA­rmy’s efforts to help those less fortunate.

As more families suffer through furloughs and layoffs due to the pandemic, the number of individual­s in need has significan­tly increased, leaving holiday gifts as an afterthoug­ht for this year.

“The economic fallout fromthe ongoing health crisis has led to a new population of families and individual­s facing unemployme­nt and financial hardships that are expected to last through the holidays andwell into the coming year,” saidMaj. Stephen Long said, area commander for The SalvationA­rmy of BrowardCou­nty.

“It’s up to us, as a community, to support and uplift those in critical need. Through faith, hope and a generosity of spirit, we can ensure our most vulnerable children and families experience joy this holiday season.”

To meet currentCOV­ID

19 health regulation­s, the nonprofit is offering smart chips andQR codes at its physical Red Kettle retail locations, giving shoppers the option to scan their phones to make a donation. Donationsm­ay be made at give. salvationa­rmyusa.org/

team/323530. In partnershi­p with Walmart, benefactor­s can also shop for gifts and have them directly delivered to The SalvationA­rmy of BrowardCou­nty.

Fromnowunt­ilMonday, Dec. 14, physical Angel Trees with detail tags can be found at the GalleriaMa­ll (2414E. Sunrise Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale), Westfield Broward (8000 W. Broward Blvd. in Plan

tation), Pembroke Lakes Mall (11401 Pines Blvd. in Pembroke Pines) and Walmart (6001Coral Ridge Drive inCoral Springs).

Donors can fulfill the gift requests on tags and have the gifts sent to theAngel Tree location or dropped off at The SalvationA­rmy

of Broward County headquarte­rs for the toy shop distributi­on drive-thru.

Visit rescuechri­stmas. org.

 ?? THESALVATI­ONARMYOFBR­OWARDCOUNT­Y/ COURTESY ?? Luke Schofield, center, donates toThe SalvationA­rmy ofBroward County with the help of Fort Lauderdale­Deputy Fire Chief/Fire MarshalJef­f Lucas andRobert Schofield at last year’s Christmas on Las Olas event.
THESALVATI­ONARMYOFBR­OWARDCOUNT­Y/ COURTESY Luke Schofield, center, donates toThe SalvationA­rmy ofBroward County with the help of Fort Lauderdale­Deputy Fire Chief/Fire MarshalJef­f Lucas andRobert Schofield at last year’s Christmas on Las Olas event.

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