Salvation Army to Serve Christmas Meals to Hungry and Homeless at Chicago Locations

Mon Dec 24, 2007 12:22pm EST

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Salvation Army to Serve Christmas Meals to Hungry and Homeless at Chicago

The Salvation Army will serve Christmas dinners to about 2,000 hungry and
homeless Chicagoans on Tuesday, December 25 at two of its sites, two senior
residences and via mobile feeding canteens.  Reporters and television crews
are invited to cover these dinners at the following locations.

Harbor Light Center
1515 W. Monroe St., Chicago
11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
On-Site Contact:  Captain Merrill Powers, 312-388-6738

-- About 500 meals will be served on-site.  Harbor Light will serve an
additional 500 meals at various locations via mobile feeding canteens and
another 400 meals at two senior citizen assisted living facilities.  About 300
volunteers will provide assistance.

Tom Seay Corps and Service Center
1025 W. Sunnyside Ave., Chicago
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
On-Site Contact:  Major John Price, 773-329-6404

-- About 600 meals will be served on-site.  Several hundred volunteers will
provide assistance.

Background:  Each year, The Salvation Army provides meals, groceries
(including turkeys and hams), clothing, toys and other gifts to less fortunate
individuals and families in the Chicago region during the Christmas and
Thanksgiving holidays.  During last year's holiday season, The Salvation Army
provided assistance to more than 89,000 people.  The effort included:

-- 5,097 meals served at Christmas and Thanksgiving
-- 12,372 bags of groceries
-- 33,485 items of clothing
-- 82,387 toys
-- 104,435 gifts
-- About 18,000 coats
-- Assistance from 9,322 volunteers, who donated 38,481 hours of their time

The Salvation Army hopes to raise $11 million during this year's Christmas
fundraising campaign, which runs from mid-November to January.  Donations made
to the Army serve the needs of the region's least fortunate citizens, not just
during the holidays but all year long.  To donate to The Salvation Army, call
1-800-SAL-ARMY or go to

The Salvation Army is the largest direct provider of social services in the
region.  Throughout the area, there are about 200 points of entry to Salvation
Army programs and services.  Over the past year, The Salvation Army provided
nearly 1.9 million meals to the hungry in Chicagoland.  Every night, more than
1,000 people spend the night under a Salvation Army roof in the area.

CONTACT: Scott Alwin of Salvation Army, +1-773-552-8369

/PRNewswire-USNewswire - Dec. 24/
SOURCE  The Salvation Army, Metropolitan Division
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