CLAY COUNTY – To help meet the unprecedented level of need this holiday season, Walmart and The Salvation Army of Northeast Florida are working together to make it even easier for …
CLAY COUNTY – To help meet the unprecedented level of need this holiday season, Walmart and The Salvation Army of Northeast Florida are working together to make it even easier for people to help others this Christmas. Building upon a 40-year relationship of supporting people in need during the holiday season, Walmart and The Salvation Army are bringing hope and joy to families through the expansion of programs like Angel Tree and Red Kettles, which will be out earlier, and, for the first time ever, round-up donations to The Salvation Army in-store and online.
The economic fallout of the ongoing health crisis has led to a new population of families and individuals facing unemployment and financial hardships that are expected to last through the holidays and well into the coming year. A recent study by Columbia University showed that nearly eight million Americans have fallen into poverty since May. In Jacksonville, we provided 2,300 children last year with Christmas assistance. If we see the same level of increased requests for service, that would mean 4,000 children who need our help this holiday season. With that in mind, both organizations are making it easier for customers to give to those in need this Christmas.
“This year will be unlike any other that we have seen in the past 130 years. This holiday season we anticipate a dramatic increase in need due to COVID-19. We are extremely grateful for Walmart’s partnership and support to help The Salvation Army continue its mission of serving the needs in our community,” said Area Commander, Major Keath Biggers.
In most Walmart stores across Northeast Florida, the expanded partnership includes:
Visit salvationarmynefl.org to donate or learn more about how you can help The Salvation Army rescue Christmas this year. Every donation provides help and hope to the most vulnerable, and all gifts stay within the community in which they are given.