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The Salvation Army and Community Benefactors Provide Christmas Shopping Trips for Disadvantaged Youth Thursday

St. Louis, Mo., December 16, 2014 – On Thursday, Dec. 18, 140 disadvantaged children from around the St. Louis-metropolitan area, including Ferguson, Missouri, will have the opportunity to visit Walmart and purchase toys, clothing, personal care items and other must-have items just in time for the holidays.

With support from individual and corporate donors such as Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Subway, Maplewood Commons and Ferguson Walmart Supercenters and Emerson, The Salvation Army will provide 140 gift cards to Walmart, which will benefit 70 children from the metropolitan area and 70 children from Ferguson.

Additional gifts from donors, who expressed interest in providing holiday assistance to Ferguson youth, increased the $75 gift card amount to $100 for the 70 Ferguson youth participating in this special program. The remaining 70 children will receive a $75 gift card. Most of the children participate in one or several Salvation Army character building programs, after-school tutoring, meal programs and other programs offered at their community centers. This Christmas Shopping Spree at Walmart will allow these needy kids a little extra for Christmas.

Throughout the bi-state region, The Salvation Army has seen an increase in individuals seeking assistance making the public’s support of the Tree of Lights Campaign all the more important. The Army is able to reach out to help people in our region through more than 100 programs at 14 worship and community centers.

Last year, The Salvation Army provided 35,719 meals to hungry men, women and children, 93,248 nights of shelter to the community’s homeless, 35,533 food pantry boxes to families in need, and 54,096 Christmas toys and gifts in the St. Louis Metropolitan area. Across Missouri and Southern Illinois, The Salvation Army provided 453,502 meals to hungry men, women and children, 178,715 nights of shelter to the community’s homeless, 94,985 food pantry boxes to families in need, and 139,779 Christmas toys and gifts.

About The Salvation Army:

The Salvation Army is an international organization that has been faithfully serving St. Louis since 1881. For more than 130 years, St. Louis residents with no place to go have turned to The Salvation Army for compassion, strength, and encouragement. The Salvation Army serves community members 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year through dozens of different programs and services that are designed to help people attain, or regain, self-sufficiency. For more information, go to www.stlsalvationarmy.org

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