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National Salvation Army Week Scheduled for May 13-May 18

The Salvation Army of Greater Hickory and High Country is excited to celebrate National Salvation Army Week May 13th – 18th, 2024. Since its inception in 1925, the Hickory Corps has grown to serve those in most need in Alexander, Ashe, Avery, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, McDowell, Watauga, and Wilkes County.

Reflecting on 2023, The Salvation Army of Greater Hickory and High Country helped 11,993 individuals in crisis. Our Shelter of Hope provided 29,875 nights of lodging and served 126,095 meals and snacks. The Shelter is open 365 days a year and is the only shelter in Catawba County to house single men, women, and families. Currently capacity is 85 beds, and the shelter stays full most days. Anyone can come to the shelter for a warm meal between the hours of 5 and 6 p.m. daily. On the average 100 meals are served nightly. During extreme cold weather “white flag” nights are implemented where anyone seeking shelter is invited to stay the night.

The crisis help center filled 4,052 grocery orders, helped 178 households with financial assistance, provided $55,306 worth of clothing and Furniture vouchers, and distributed 891 personal comfort kits. In partnership with the community and Food Lion Feeds the Crisis Help Center continues to provide weekly fresh/perishable groceries to families every Wednesday from 1:30-2:30 through its drive through “Loaves and Fishes” food distribution. The food pantry provides supplemental non-perishable food items to families and individuals who have a place to cook on Mondays 1-4 pm and Wednesdays 9 am – 12 pm.

To learn more about local services and opportunities you can follow The Salvation Army of Greater Hickory on Facebook. Main Campus Tours are available throughout the week. Please call Andrea Beatty, 828-851-0017 to schedule. The Salvation Army Family Thrift Stores are located in Hickory, Conover, Taylorsville, Granite Falls, Maiden, Marion, Morganton, Boone, Jefferson and North Wilkesboro. Proceeds from the stores are used to provide services to clients in need. The Army operates on 15 cents to every dollar donated, with 85 cents from every dollar going back into crisis help services.

The Salvation Army is a global nonprofit organization founded in 1865 by Catherine and William Booth. Every day the Salvation Army of Greater Hickory and High Country strives to meet human needs in God’s name without discrimination throughout the greater Hickory area. They offer unique, local programs, designed to meet the specific needs of our community. Local programs include Homeless Services, Hunger Relief, Rent and Utility Assistance, the Boys and Girls Club, Worship Services, Christmas Assistance, Family Thrift Stores, and Emergency Disaster Services. To support your local Salvation Army, please send contributions to P.O. Box 1167, Hickory, NC 28603 Attention: Andrea Beatty, call 828-322-8061, or donate securely online on our Salvation Army of Hickory website, salvationarmyhickory.org