The Salvation Army has always tried to put our faith into practice; endeavoring to support those in need and offer compassion and practical assistance to vulnerable people experiencing difficult times.
We know that the cost-of-living crisis in Bermuda, and worldwide, has increased substantially since the worldwide pandemic. We are already witnessing this increase in overall operational costs and the increased demand for our programs & services.
This Christmas, our wish is that no one is left homeless, hungry, or lonely. It is our intention to reach out and provide support to those people who are finding it difficult in acquiring the necessities for basic human dignity. We are asking you to assist us in bringing HOPE, DIGNITY AND JOY to families this Christmas and throughout the year.
The Salvation Army cannot do what it needs to do without YOU, the public, so YOU can be a STAR this Christmas and support the Christmas programs by giving.
THE CHRISTMAS KETTLE LAUNCH
The Christmas Kettle Program has been synonymous with The Salvation Army since 1891 internationally, and The Salvation Army celebrates over 127 years of service in Bermuda and will launch their Annual Christmas Kettle Campaign at the steps of City Hall at Noon, 23 November 2023. This is our largest public fundraiser of the year, supporting the people of Bermuda. 100% of proceeds remain in Bermuda. If you are in the vicinity on this day, we would love for you to join us!
Volunteers: The iconic Christmas Kettle will be seen at various business locations across the island following the launch. We need volunteers to stand or assist at the kettles. What a wonderful opportunity for you to give back to your community this Christmas. Perhaps your Business, Civic Club, Family Group, or Church Group would like to host a kettle for a day. Even individuals with one hour to give would make such a valuable difference! To volunteer, you can visit our website at www.salvationarmy.bm/volunteer or call: West End – Joanne at 703-3454, Hamilton – Diane at 296-6740, St. Georges – Lt. Almeta at 297-0267.
Donations To the 2023 Kettle Campaign can also be made: On-Line: Donate directly on-line at www.SalvationArmy.bm
Christmas Hampers – Registration for Christmas Hampers is well underway. To register, you can call The Salvation Army…
➢ West End Community Church at 234-4046 on Nov 27-28, and Nov 30 from 4-8 pm
➢ St. Georges Church at 297-0267 on Nov 17, Nov 20 & 24 from 1-4 p.m. and Nov 27 & 30 from 5-7 p.m.
➢ North St. in Hamilton at 292-5159 on Nov 17-30 from 9 am. – 1 pm.
Persons will need proof of address, photo ID, income/expense for each household member that you are applying, and on completing the application appointment times will be given to applicants.
Anonymous Santa Drive – Select an elf from the list being featured in the Royal Gazette or on our website https://salvationarmy.bm/events/ Call The Salvation Army’s Anonymous Santa helpline at 537-6455. Santa’s helper will assist you in pledging your gift. Label unwrapped gifts with your assigned Elf number, gender, age, and drop the gift off to one of the participating Gift Deposit Centers: Bermuda Commercial Bank (Bermudiana Rd); HSBC Bank Bermuda Limited (Front St.); People’s Pharmacy (Victoria St.); and The Annex Toys (Reid St.).
Fill The Truck – On Friday, 8 Dec. This Christmas season, join hands with the entire Inter-Island Family (Magic Mornings host Beverley Howell, Nikita Robinson host of the Worship Room on Magic 102.7, Alex and the hosts of the HOTT 107.5) in lending the hungry a helping hand. Collect NON-PERISHABLE FOOD and TOYS from now until December 8th to be distributed by The Salvation Army. Bring your donation boxes on Friday, December 8th and FILL the SALVATION ARMY TRUCK of HOPE parked outside Magic 102.7 studio at 49 Union Square from 7am – 2pm and then come in the studio for your Christmas shout out.
Through the year The Salvation Army provides the following services in Bermuda:
• The Harbour Light Rehabilitation Program for men (A 24hr residential facility that facilitates an Addiction Program with Life Skill attached, Transitional Living and access to community services as Medical, Mental Health services, Educational and Employment services, and Spiritual Services)
• Emergency and NEW Transitional Housing, a 50 bed facility for those Women and Men who find themselves homeless and want to “raise themselves Up” from their present position.
• Community Family Services & Food Bank, there are three (3) food banks in service presently. The Salvation Army West End Community Church, The St. Georges Salvation Army, and The Salvation Army North Street, Hamilton. Families & individuals can receive Food Hampers, Clothing vouchers and after a period, Case Management.
• Pathway of Hope – there is a way of the ability receive ongoing case management with the setting of goals that move to build the clients access to community counselling and care.
• Outreach Street Program – this ministry is a mobile feeding program operating evenings 6 nights a week. The team provides a light-snack of soup and sandwiches but moves toward emotional, practical, and spiritual care.
• Evening Meal Program – provides a hot/healthy evening meal five evenings each week at our North Street location. The meal is available to individuals and families who may be struggling to provide for themselves at that time. There are anywhere from 80 – 100 meals served and supported by many community & church volunteers.
• Thrift Store – Here they offer quality used clothing and household items at extremely reasonable prices. Many needful families are given vouchers to secure quality clothing.
The profits that may be gained are returned to the Street outreach program.
• Emergency Disaster Services – During disasters the EMO will determine if an Emergency Shelter opens. The Salvation Army becomes a vital part of this team and will provide all the meals while the shelter is open. Practical support is provided when there is a need to evacuate a family from their home.
Every year The Salvation Army continues to operate the following:
• The Harbour Light – addictions rehabilitation program
• Life Skills Training Program – graduation from the Harbour Light program;
• Emergency Shelter & New Transitional Housing
• Family Services / Food Banks in Hamilton, St. George’s and Somerset;
• North Street Feeding Program – providing hot meals 5 days a week;
• Pathway of Hope – ongoing case management & support
• Outreach Street Ministry – providing soup and a sandwich 6 days a week
• Thrift Store;
• Emergency Disaster Team – available in times of crisis.
All of our programs are designed to show dignity and respect to every individual, regardless of their circumstances. Our core values of Hope, Service, Dignity and Stewardship guide our ministry.
BE A STAR- VOLUNTEER AND MAN A KETTLE. Give generously this season. Help bring hope, dignity and joy to individual and families in Bermuda.
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