Salvaging services for Salvation Army

For 143 years, ever since William Booth began his ministry to addicts, alcoholics and prostitutes in London in 1865, the Salvation Army has been quietly and effectively doing good works around the world. It is the beacon of hope for the homeless, the addicted and for those who simply are suffering from bad luck.

It’s an organization that largely goes unheralded as it serves the less fortunate in thousands of communities around the world, including Grand Junction.

This year, a year that certainly will go down as one that challenged those people who live on the margins, finds the Salvation Army in Grand Junction itself challenged to meet the ever-growing needs of the poor in our community.

Last year, the Salvation Army in Grand Junction had a case load of about 1,000 families who needed assistance. This year, that number is up 30 percent, to 1,300. And Salvation Army officials expect that number to rise another 100 or so by the end of the year.

Complicating the matter is the fact that donations are down. The organization relies entirely on donations to fund its various programs. It gets no money from the government.

Not all of its donations are in the form of money. It also needs donations of toys for its Christmas baskets for poor families. Those, too, are in short supply this year and the Salvation Army may have to spend money to buy toys.

The bottom line is that the group may have to cut some services next year.

There are dozens of charitable organizations that actively raise funds at the end of the year.

They are all worthwhile.

But the Salvation Army is one that has a long, long record of good works. If this happens to be a year that you are fortunate enough to be able to make extra end-of-year charitable gifts, the Salvation Army is certainly worthy of consideration.


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