Salvation Army has a Christmas distribution building

Salvation Army Kettle (KSN File Photo)

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The Salvation Army is celebrating the donation of space for the 2016 Mission of Hope and Angel Tree distribution center. A generous gift of space made possible by Birds Eye Holdings, and the Voegeli family is making it possible for at least 3,000 families to receive Christmas assistance.

Major Joseph Wheeler, Wichita City Command for The Salvation Army, shared that the space is extremely adequate and will make the distribution of toys to more than 9,000 children and Christmas dinner for more than 3,000 families possible.

The Mission of Hope fund-raising goal is $1.7 million dollars. Because of last year’s campaign the following services are being celebrated:

  • 66,529 Meals served
  • 10,726 Nights lodging in The Salvation Army Koch Center
  • 18,710 Night lodging – rental assistance
  • 58,324 People receiving Emergency Assistance
  • 36,548 Gifts/toys distributed
  • 2736 People served through Disaster Services
  • 243 different children attended camps with 5,266 in attendance during the summer
  • 930 Utility bills paid
  • 9,772 Clothing items given away
  • 3,280 Christmas cases served

Contributions are still needed and can be mailed to The Salvation Army, 350 N. Market St., Wichita, Kansas 67202; dropped in a familiar red kettle or online gifts can be made at Donations can also be made by texting WARMTH to 71-777.