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Discover Fauquier December 2017
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Most people know at least a little bit about
The Salvation Army, but they may not
understand the whole story--and it's
impressive. In this season of giving, it's
appropriate to recognize an organization
whose mission has always been about
helping others.
Lt Jared Mar tin, who ser ves as
Commanding Officer of The Salvation
Army of Culpeper-Warrenton, explains
that it was founded in London
in 1865 and has been active
in the United States for more
than 135 years, making it
one of the oldest and largest
social service providers in
the nation, as well as serving
in 128 countries around the
globe. In fact, The Salvation Army
serves about 30 million people every
year--which translates to about one
person per second!
There are countless societal needs, and
The Salvation Army has worked tirelessly
to address many of them. Internationally, it
has provided refugee shelters in Greece,
rescued women from sexual slavery in
Thailand, and operated hospitals and
schools in third world countries. In the
U.S., it has provided a broad range
of social services, including food for
the hungry, relief for disaster victims,
assistance for the disabled, outreach to the
elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the
homeless, free in-patient recovery centers
for people suffering from addictions,
and several programs to help children
living in poverty. Right here in Fauquier
County, The Salvation Army has paid
people's utility bills to protect them from
heatstroke and frostbite, and to prevent
the slow slide into homelessness.
Now that the holiday season is upon us,
you'll likely have more frequent visual
reminders of The Salvation Army with
the annual kickoff of their Red Kettle
Campaign and Angel Tree programs.
The 2017 Red Kettle Campaign launched
on November 16. Following the campaign's
theme of "Fight for Good," The Salvation
Army strives to live up to its promise of
THE SALVATION ARMY:
LEADING THE "FIGHT FOR GOOD"
doing the most good for the most people
in the most need. Lt Martin explains
that for every donated dollar, 82 goes
to support the life-changing mission to
preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and
meet human needs in His name without
discrimination. He is delighted that The
Salvation Army had nearly a 10% increase
in the number of individuals served in
Fauquier and Culpeper Counties this
year--1,932 in all.
You'll find smiling ringers at these locations
in Fauquier: Walmart, Safeway, Giant,
Walgreens, Dunkin Donuts, and the three
Food Lion supermarkets. The Culpeper
locations include Walmart, Safeway, TJ
Maxx, Big Lots, Walgreens, the post
office, and ABC. Volunteers are still
needed for two-hour shifts! To volunteer in
Fauquier, send an email to Melissa Dargis
at
Melissa.Dargis@uss.salvationarmy.
org. Culpeper volunteers can contact Lt
Martin at
Jared.Martin@uss.
salvationarmy.org.
For years, the Angel Tree
program has made Christmas
bright for countless children.
Individuals or groups are
connected with a deserving
child (or "Angel") in need and are
given his or her first name, personalized
needs, and a wish list prepared by the
child's parents. In this way, Angel Tree
donors know they're buying something
the child needs and will be excited to
open on Christmas morning.
Donors can pick up Angels in several
locations. In Warrenton, you'll find them
at g. whillikers Toys & Books, Warrenton
Auto, Outback Steakhouse, Latitudes,
VonCanon General Store, The Town Duck,
Kelly Ann's Quilting, Hartman Jewelers,
Allegro Creative School of Arts, Yarnia of
Old Town, Sherrie's Stuff, DeJaVu, Deja
Brew, Lord Fairfax Community College,
the Fauquier Library, and The Salvation
Army Family Store. In Culpeper, you'll find
Angels at all three Union Bank locations,
Lifepoint Church, IHOP, Raven's Nest
Coffee House, and The Salvation Army
Family Store.
"The Salvation Army saves lives, but we
couldn't do it without the ongoing support
of local communities like Warrenton," Lt
Martin says. Please consider making a
donation this holiday season. You can give
online at
www.salvationarmyusa.org, by
phone at
1-800-SAL-ARMY, or by mailing
a check to The Salvation Army P.O. BOX
3474 Warrenton, VA 20188.
Lt Jared Martin
~ Nancy Griffin-Bonnaire
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