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Salvation Army Annual Giving Campaign Urges Community to Show Love Every Day – WHIO TV 7 and WHIO Radio

Show love above all, The Salvation Army will once again launch its annual donation campaign, To like Beyond. The iconic fundraiser will be an opportunity for supporters of the organization to give a gift that will go back into the local community, supporting those in need of showing love, every day.

“Love Beyond is about our motivation to serve our community not just at Christmas, but all year round. Very often people in the community think of the Salvation Army and the work they do at Christmas time, but the reality is that we respond to needs every day of the year. We are not here for just one moment of crisis, we are here for daily needs,” said Major Stan Senak, an officer at the Dayton Kroc Center of the Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army helps the community every year through a wide range of social services ranging from providing food to the hungry, disaster relief, helping the disabled, outreach to the elderly and sick, emergency relief urgency and opportunity for underprivileged children. This year To like Beyond the campaign will help The Salvation Army continue its important work, impacting tens of thousands of lives throughout the Greater Dayton community.

“My hope would be for the community to understand the Salvation Army‘s mission to shamelessly preach the gospel of Jesus, who stood with the least, lost and left behind of his day. He reminds us to love our neighbors as ourselves. It is this motivation that allows the Salvation Army to “meet human needs without discrimination,” Senak said.

Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Center continues to make a difference every day. By spreading an ever-hoping message and practical help at a time of heightened need, The Salvation Army is working tirelessly to meet the needs of families in the Greater Dayton area this holiday season.

For example, the Support Services office provides assistance to utilities year-round. We have a scholarship program for all our activities, so no one is excluded from our programs. We have an after school program for over 80 children during the school year and a seven week summer day camp for 80 children per week. The center also sends 72 children from our community to a residential camp at Camp Swoneky. ESOL and GED courses have also been added to help our neighbors, Senak said.

He said: “Our senior program is a bi-weekly program for seniors. Our fitness center offers classes for seniors, specifically to meet their needs, as well as for the community as a whole. Our youth sports program has grown to over 500 youth participating in one or more youth sports programs including soccer, volleyball, basketball and flag football. We have started three Sally Closets in area schools. These closets are filled with new clothes for children who come to school without certain types of clothing or for those who have had accidents. Cupboards are stocked year-round to provide the help children need.

The countless stories of lives that have been touched by The Salvation Army are endless. A young woman arrived at the Kroc Center at the age of 11. Raised by a single mother, her family struggled with little income. The young girl fell in love with the programs offered here at the Kroc Center. She has always been part of our dance group and has excelled in dancing. She has since graduated from Stivers School of the Arts and is now enrolled at the University of Cincinnati.

Another young woman came to Kroc through our after-school program. Her mother had a lot of difficulties and she was mainly raised by her grandmother. At the Kroc Center, she received the academic boost needed to excel in her studies. She worked hard and got a full scholarship to Vassar College where she will graduate in May. She also plans to further her education by attending medical school.

A generous donation to the To like Beyond the campaign will help The Salvation Army provide these vital services and programs to the people of Dayton. The Salvation Army has always had the mentality and perspective that the mission is true and will not change, but the needs of individual communities will change and not always be the same. We will look at the community and assess the most important needs and see how we can meet them “to do the most good” possible.

Steps community members can take to give financially to the love beyond campaign through The Salvation Army of Dayton includes sending a check to our Red Kettle campaign at 1000 N. Keowee St., Dayton, Ohio 45404, give a gift online at our websiteor any of the other online portals and designate their donation to Dayton Salvation Armyor drop a few dollars in one of our red kettles when shopping at local stores, Friday, November 25 through Saturday, December 24.

“Donating is important because it’s how we can serve those in need. Dayton does not rely on government money to run our programs and meet the many needs we face. We are able to do what we do ONLY because of the incredible generosity of others who help their neighbours. When we talk to donors, that’s the truest statement, “YOU provided you lend a helping hand to those in need in your community,” Senak said.

Because historically there has been a thought that The Salvation Army helps so many around Thanksgiving and Christmas; it was also a positive fundraising opportunity during this time, he said. Our Red Kettle Bell Ringer campaign added to this exposure at Christmas. Dayton has another great late spring/early summer fundraising opportunity to help children attend our summer day camps and overnight camps. This fundraiser is very similar to our Christmas fundraiser. Through an appeal by mail campaign, we continue to raise funds throughout the year.

The Salvation Army has always been a beacon of hope for those in need here in the Dayton area. As William Booth, the founder of the Salvation Army, often said, “The Salvation Army is a place of hope. When all the other lights are out and all the other stars have gone out, this single glow shines steadily and brightly in the darkened sky: “If only I could get to the Salvation Army, they would do something to me.”

Senak said the mission of The Salvation Army is “Preaching the name of Jesus Christ. This is done both in word and deed and to meet human needs, in his name, without discrimination. The Christmas campaign raises the most money of all our fundraisers. It is community members who provide financial support to the Salvation Army which provides ‘the fuel’ which allows us to ‘do the most good’ for our neighbors in need.

The Salvation Army seeks long-term change by addressing the root causes that lead to cycles of poverty and poor quality of life. Here at Kroc Center, we provide holistic care with the whole family in mind. Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Center offers a high quality community center with access to a recreation and fitness centre, an education center and a café. All of this is easily accessible and affordable, especially for families and individuals who need it most. The Salvation Army also provides a place of worship with the opportunity to build meaningful relationships for long-term support and care.

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