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Playgroups, buckets, and crafts

‘Daddy or Mommy & me’

DuBois, PA—Brandi Burdick, an intern from Penn State University, will facilitate two new programs at the Worship and Service Center.

The programs starting this quarter are “Daddy or Mommy & Me,” playgroup for children under age 4, and a Mission Literacy offering for elementary students.

Major Robin Maddock, corps officer, called the programs a “new opportunity to serve and impact lives for Jesus by sharing the Word in small friendship-type settings.”

Crafts galore

Portsmouth, OH—On Feb. 1, the corps held its inaugural Helping Hearts Craft Fair.

“This craft fair will benefit our children’s programs,” said Lydia Smith, community resource coordinator at the corps.

The corps sent out requests for vendors and opened the corps building for the fair. Facebook, the social media site, was used to help advertise the fair.

‘Buckets of music’

Cleveland, OH—The kids from the Community and Learning Center at the West Park Corps have formed a “Bucket Brigade.”

“We did not have enough instruments to teach with so we came up with this for an alternative,” said Captain Candy Fritsch, corps officer.

The “Bucket Brigade” meets on Monday nights and is taught by Jason Klamm, the praise band drummer at the corps.

Fritsch said the first performance by the kids was on Dec. 22 and they appropriately played “The Little Drummer Boy.”

‘Shining’ in Berwick

Berwick, PA—Since 1947, the Berwick Christmas Boulevard, created by the Jaycees, displays over a mile– long Christmas show of lights and displays down Market Street.

For more than 60 years, the Christmas Boulevard has been a regional favorite for thousands of visitors. A Santa Claus is present every year to serve Berwick’s famous Wise Potato Chips to everyone who drives by.

“Our corps actually tied two schools in our community as the winner [of the display contest],” said Lieutenant Kevin Polito, the corps officer in Berwick. “It is estimated almost 100,000 people see Christmas Boulevard yearly.”

The display was entitled a “Traditional Salvation Army Christmas,” Polito said.

“We were intentional about reminding the community that we have served here since 1890,” he said. “Moreover, we had traditional brass bands and songsters as part of the display, as well as kettles and bells.

“We also had a good opportunity to remind the community of the social services ministry for which we are well known.”

The 100–foot display ended with clear, vivid statements written in Christmas bulbs: “For unto us a child is born” and “Happy Birthday Jesus!”

Lowell surpasses  goal

Lowell, MA—The advisory board of Lowell Citadel and Radiothon AdHoc Committee teamed up again this year to surpass the goal of raising $100,000 through the six–hour Saturday morning show on 980–AM WCAP hosted by Warren Shaw. 

Major Everett Henry, corps officer, said auction items and pledges for the Dec. 14 event are gathered during the fall months. The funds are used to fill gaps for the various ministries of Lowell Citadel.

“In a very challenging year for fund–raising, the success of the event has eased some of the pressures to meet people’s needs,” Henry said.

The Garvis Family and Lincoln Mercury Corp. held the dealership’s first “Driven to Give” event, which raised $6,000 this year. Each completed test drive resulted in a $20 donation to The Salvation Army to help reach the Radiothon goal.

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