Generosity Put To Action

The generosity of Chicagoans, their suburban neighbors and people throughout Northeastern Illinois and Northwestern Indiana helped The Salvation Army Metropolitan Division reach its goal for the 2014 Christmas campaign.

Donations to the local Christmas Campaign totaled $15.1 million. Of that total, more than half was received in the form of major gifts and donations. More than $2 million was dropped into area red kettles, and an additional $700,000 was donated on-line to virtual red kettles. And, more than $2 million was given through material donations of toys, gifts, coats and food.

“We are so very thankful for the generosity our local neighbors throughout the greater Chicagoland, Rockford and Northwest Indiana area,” said Lt. Col. Charles H. Smith, Divisional Commander of the Metropolitan Division of The Salvation Army, “These donations are already hard at work in our local communities, enabling us to provide shelter, food, clothing and critical assistance to people in need.

During the 2014 Christmas season, your support enabled us to deliver:
• 168,000 food baskets
• 14,000 holiday meals
• 42,000 articles of clothing
• 131,000 toys
• 60,000 gifts

In addition to the support provided during the Christmas season, The Salvation Army serves 1.4 million people every year. We provide meals to those who are hungry, shelter to families living on the streets, safe havens for children after school and on the weekends, social services for families in need, rehabilitation for individuals facing substance abuse, and places to worship. In short, we transform lives. And we thank you for joining us.

“The needs of families living in poverty do not end after Christmas, and neither does the joy that comes from giving,” said Lt. Colonel Smith. “We thank you, and ask for your continued support to help us serve families, children, seniors, homeless and respond to disaster situations through the remainder of 2015.”

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