SOUTHFIELD, Mich. - Shonita Carreker is a single mother of four who went to the Salvation Army for emergency food assistance last year.
Through their new program, Pathway of Hope, she has been inspired to write a book, her kids have an after school program to attend and a local business just adopted her family to provide a Thanksgiving dinner.
Shonita Carreker says, "If there are people out there who are worried about where their money is going, I'm living proof that their money is going into doing something good for the community."
The Red Kettle Campaign is one way the Salvation Army raises fund to provide programs and services like Pathway of Hope.
"When you see one of our 470 red kettles, whatever you drop in there is going to give hope to someone in need in this community," says Captain Kelsie Moreno, Corps Officer at The Salvation Army Detroit Harding Corps.
Eight-five cents of every dollar donated to the Salvation Army goes towards client assistance. Last year they provided 87,000 gifts to children and adults in need.
This season, they are still in need of volunteer bell ringers and people willing to adopt families. If you are interested in assisting the Salvation Army this holiday season or year round, contact your local Salvation Army community center:
Dearborn Heights - (313) 563-4457
Denby - (313) 537-2130
Grandale - (313) 835-3736
Harbor Light - (313) 361-6136
Harding - (313) 822-2800
Temple - (313) 897-2914
Farmington Hills - (248) 477-1153
Mt. Clemens - (586) 469-6712
Plymouth - (734) 453-5464
Pontiac - (248) 334-2407
Royal Oak - (248) 585-5600
Warren - (586) 754-7400
Wayne/Westland - (734) 722-3660
Wyandotte - (734) 282-0930
Christmas assistance for families with children, individuals with special needs and senior citizens will include a box of non-perishable foods and a grocery store gift card to purchase fresh foods. Families with children up to age 14 may also apply to receive toys from The Salvation Army Corps Community Centers' toy shops. Last year, The Salvation Army provided more than 87,000 Christmas gifts to children and seniors who would have otherwise gone without.
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