Letter to the Editor: The Salvation Army thanks its supporters

Dear Editor,

The Salvation Army of Tulare & Visalia thanks everyone for their support during 2018. The annual Red Kettle Campaign funds Christmas programs for struggling families and part of our annual budget. Donors, sponsors, volunteers and employees’ year-round generosity and dedication enable us to continue serving the Tulare, Visalia, Ivanhoe, Goshen, Farmersville, Dinuba and Woodville communities.

We delivered 56 social services and programs to all age groups in Tulare County to satisfy the basic needs of food, clothing and shelter. These ranged from after-school activities and music programs to summer camps, back-packs, school supplies, food pantry and emergency food bags, support for the homeless, hygiene kits, nursing home visits, plus seasonal programs.

At Thanksgiving and Christmas, 614 families (967 children) received Food Boxes and toys. Thank you to our Angel Tree Program participants, organizations that held toy drives, volunteer bell ringers and all who restored Hope to many.

We participated in Visalia’s 73rd Annual Candy Cane Lane Parade and in the 64th Annual Tulare Children’s Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting where our float was adjudged for “Best Craftsmanship.”

The Salvation Army was among the first on the scene when large wildfires erupted across California, most notably the Camp, Carr, Mendocino Complex and Woolsey fires. Administrative fees are waived, so 100 percent of your Emergency Disaster Services donation funds relief efforts. Our organization supports stricken communities until disaster-related needs are met.

We are blessed by our community partners. Without them, our food pantry’s shelves would be bare, programs would be cut and our Red Kettle fundraising efforts would fall short of what is required to provide services in the New Year.

Again, thank you for your past support. We look forward to your continued help so that, in turn, we may assist those in most need during 2019. Sincerely,

Yonathan & Cynthia Escobar
The Salvation Army
Tulare and Visalia

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